Originally Posted by Skibble
Which brings me to the point that many of the complaining authors seem to have missed. LendInk's listings included buttons to purchase the books, as well as to request a loan. In cases where a book was not lendable according to its contract, only the purchase button was active; the loan button was not operable. Because of that, authors had nothing to lose and everything to gain by being included in LendInk's search results. Users, upon seeing that the book they wanted wasn't lendable, could use LendInk's purchase link instead. A win for all.
It's possible that some book listings on LendInk had incorrect lending status on them, e.g. you could request a loan of a book that wasn't really lendable, because it's a continual problem for these sites to keep up to date of Amazon's catalog lending status changes all at once. Sometimes these inconsistencies are fairly widespread. So maybe you could request to borrow not-lendable books through LendInk
, but the process would stop at some point during the loan process because if Amazon or B&N listed the book as not-lendable, the loan couldn't go through.
Muddying the issue, of course, are the books that have multiple ebook editions, some of which are lendable and some of which aren't...I own some of these and it is difficult to list them at lending sites, period, because even if it is legitimately lendable, the software can only check the current listing which might be non-lendable.