Amazon’s Kindle is a breakthrough device that made e-books as popular amongst common people as iPod made MP3. It offers a convenient way of reading books on the go. It blends perfectly with the modern electronic era that not only reduces printing, transporting and distributing costs but also saves papers and hence trees.
The cost of publishing an e-book is drastically cheaper than its printed version. For authors who prefer to self-publish e-books, the overall budget is very cost effective. Similar costs when extended to users, makes Amazon e-books highly affordable for its customers. New releases and best-selling e-books on Kindle cost about ten dollars. And now, e-book lending and sharing facility implemented by Amazon has made the subscriptions even more attractive for Amazon account holders. The stepwise procedure for lending e-books is mentioned below:
1. Lending the e-book: Log in to your Amazon account and go to the “Digital Content” tab from your account settings. Select the link “Manage my Kindle”. You will see a list of books in your own Kindle Library. Each listed e-book will have a menu of actions associated with it. E-books eligible for lending will display “Lending: Enabled.” Click on “loan this title” on the e-book that you need to lent out. Enter the name and e-mail address of the intended recipient of the book.
2. Receiving the loaned e-book: After receiving an e-mail notification, click on “Get your loaned book now” button from e-mail to download the book on Kindle device or Kindle reading application. When directed to Amazon.com, log into your account, select the device that you would like the book delivered to from the drop-down menu and click the “Accept” button.
3. Returning the loaned book: To return the loaned book, go to “Your Orders” section of “Manage Your Kindle”. After clicking the “+” symbol next to the loaned title, click on “Delete this Title” button and “Yes” in the pop-over window to confirm the return. After initiating a return, the reading rights will be restored to the owner of the book. The owner will also receive an e-mail confirmation of the return.
4. View loan status: You can view the status of a Kindle e-book loan from the “Manage Your Kindle” page. Click on the “+” symbol next to any title to view more details about any book that you’ve loaned or borrowed. You can see the loan date, expiration date of an accepted loan, or the returned date for a loaned book. You can also see remaining time period of loan for borrowed books.