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Old 10-22-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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Talking OMG! Kindle LendMe comming out!

Yay! Amazon desided to add a LendMe feature to Kindle (it won't be called "LendMe" as that name is trade marked by B&N) in the not-too-distant future. I heard about it from here:
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As of this post, the article talking about LendMe for Kindle is the most recent one. You might have to bookmark it because other articles come out quickly.

Also, the Kindle app software (e.g. Kindle for PC, Kindle for BlackBerry) will soon be able to get periodicals delivered to it.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:30 PM   #2
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But it's the same lame scheme that the Nook uses -- no doubt driven by publisher rules. I didn't see the point then and I don't now. Amazon probably added it not to be user friendly but to get another check mark to even the marketing score.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:17 AM   #3
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I know. The B&N Nook has been trubbling Amazon for a while. When ever people are thinking "should I get a Nook or a Kindle?", they think of Nook's features such as its color touch screen and LendMe feature. They often don't know that it's a lame feature until they buy a Nook, and by that time, Amazon have lost another customer. Amazon added it for quick money, which is a little out of character as the usually use the stratagy where good customer service brings even more customers and makes dedicated owners (It works well, to - I've already convinced 7 people to get Kindles!).

I've never used a Nook, so I don't know how good or bad LendMe is. The thing I'm excited about is the prospect of hacks utiling this feature for other (and more useful) purposes.

Sadly, I can't seem to get this faulty hack off my Kindle so I don't know if update 3.1 (at least I think it'll come out in 3.1) will be able to install. Can an official OTA firmware update install correctly with the USB Network hack installed?
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:57 AM   #4
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I agree that I wish this was something to get excited about.

I'm still hoping that at some point they'll expand the number of lending options. I expect there will always be some sort of limit, but "once and you're done" is too few.
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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Hacks can deal with that.
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:21 PM   #6
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I'm pleased to see this - 1 is a big improvement on 0. Next stop, 2!
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Curious if others (Sony, etc.) will copy this.
Although removing DRM would be better it's better than nothing.
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:12 PM   #8
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Yep, you buy a Kindle book, lend it to me, let me strip the DRM and keep a copy. LOL!
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:30 PM   #9
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can't you save a book to your desktop (or calibre) and then I dunno... either email it to someone or have them hook up to your computer and transfer it that way?
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:44 PM   #10
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can't you save a book to your desktop (or calibre) and then I dunno... either email it to someone or have them hook up to your computer and transfer it that way?
Only if there's no DRM
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:53 AM   #11
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I'm underwhelmed. Lets you lend a book once (!) for 14 days, at the publisher's discretion...
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:26 AM   #12
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It's not the LendMe feature itself that I'm excited about. It's the prospect for using the feature with hacks that'll greatly improve its "functionality".
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It's not the LendMe feature itself that I'm excited about. It's the prospect for using the feature with hacks that'll greatly improve its "functionality".
didn't you recently hack your way into not being able to receive the last update?
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As the author and publisher of a non-DRMed book, I look upon this development and scoff haughtily. To me it's like saying, "I will sell you this car, and as a special bonus, I will let you loan it for fourteen days to one other driver." The whole "lend me" thing is a Band-Aid on your chest where your heart's been ripped out.
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can't you save a book to your desktop (or calibre) and then I dunno... either email it to someone or have them hook up to your computer and transfer it that way?
If the lendee's reading device is registered to the lender's installation of ADE, then yes, you can lend ebooks by e-mail. But then they can't register it to their OWN installation of ADE, so that's probably best kept within a single household at least.

P.S. Just remembered: I lent my sister several ebooks by putting them on one of my "extra" readers, DRM intact, and lending her the reader. She called me last week and asked if two of the books were available in hard copy. She read the ebooks and liked them and wants them for her collection, and is going to buy them in hard copy. See what you're missing with your fears of piracy, publishers?

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