Amazon will be rolling out lending features to its Kindle e-book reader “later this year,” according to a company blog post. A similar feature exists for Barnes and Noble’s Nook e-book reader, which competes with the Kindle.
Lending books to other Kindle owners is a welcome addition to the popular e-book reader’s feature set, but carries with it some fine print. Per Amazon:
“Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.”
You’ll be able to lend and borrow between the Kindle hardware readers and devices using the Kindle software, such as iPhones, Android phones, and computers. In addition, Amazon also announced that “many newspapers and magazines” will soon be viewable on mobile devices running the Kindle software. Currently, you can only read newspapers and magazines on the actual Kindle e-book reader.
This functionality will be rolled out the Apple’s portable devices “in the coming weeks,” followed by Android and “other apps down the road.”