How to Loan a Kindle Book

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 7.22.24 PMWhen we read a great book, it’s natural to want to share it with others. Unfortunately, this is the one big drawback with digital books. Sigh. :(

There are a few work arounds. You can form a “group.” And recently Amazon introduced “family sharing” which also involves linking accounts.

But what if you want to simply lend a book to a friend?

You can share a Kindle book ….if the publisher allows it. (note: the recipient does not have to own a Kindle. The Kindle app on their iPhone or iPad will work just fine.)

How to loan a Kindle book:

Bring up your Amazon account, and select “Manage Your Content and Devices.” There are several ways to navigate to that page, but I think that the easiest way is to go to a page with a Kindle book(s) and look across the top of the page, just below your search bar. On the far right, you’ll see “Manage Your Content and Devices.”

Click on “Manage Your Content and Devices” and you’ll be brought to a page that has tabs marked “content,” “devices” and “settings.” Click on “Content” and you will see all the books that you own … and the opportunity to do things with them. One of those things …. if the publisher allows it…. is to lend your Kindle book to anyone at all.

To the left of each book, you’ll see a little gray box with dots, under the column marked “actions.” Click on that box, and the possible actions (for that book) appear.

Here I have clicked on one of those boxes, and you can see all the choices, including “Loan This Title.”

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If the publisher does NOT allow lending, the option will simply not be there. So if you SEE the option, you can loan the book.

Click on “Loan This Title,” and you will bring up the screen, below.

From Skitch-2

As you can see, to loan the book, just enter the email address of your recipient (and a message if you would like).

When the receiver-of-your-book (the loan-ee? :) ) gets the email, all they have to do is follow the instructions to download the book to the device of their choice.

That’s all there is to it! (One note… you cannot read the book while it is loaned out.)

I wish that this option was available for ALL books, but for now, it’s not. It should be, (grumble, grumble) but it’s not. Maybe someday….

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Another Great Discounted Book Source: Early Bird Books

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Nothing better than great book deals!

In other posts, I alerted you to eReaderIQ (which I absolutely LOVE) and BookGorilla.

And now…. another discount-alerter for your browsing pleasure. :)

Early Bird Books will send you an email each morning with several book deals. Some expire quickly, some may be on sale for weeks, so check the expiration date. These books are limited to ones that are published through Open Road, so the model is a bit different from the other discounters.

It’s always fun to have bargains delivered to your inbox!

Just click on Early Bird Books to subscribe.

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It’s Here! World Book Night 2014!

photo-40Today’s the Day! It’s World Book Night, 2014!

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a year, you know that I’ve been excited about this, before. World Book Night happens every year on April 23, and I am delighted to be participating for the third year in a row. Love this!! It’s a day dedicated to celebrating the love of reading and spreading this love with books books and more books.

World Book Night is an awesome initiative of a magnitude that I personally find hard to grasp. I can’t imagine the coordination and effort it takes to distribute a half million books for the greatest give-away ever. (Not to mention all the ground work of the publishers, authors, truck drivers and facilities needed to work out all the logistics.)

As a Book Giver, the process couldn’t be easier. You apply online, and wait to be notified. The application process is quite brief and it is at this point that you get to choose the book (from their list) you would like to give. IF you are selected, you get an email with the good news. Then shortly thereafter you select the place where you would like to pick up your box of books (this might be a local bookstore or library).


Then, within a specific window of about a week, you pick up your box. As you wait for World Book Night you can go to their website for links to print out posters, badges and bookmarks.

This is the third year that I have participated, and I couldn’t be more pleased and proud to be part of such a fantastic project. Just imagine… on this same day, books are being handed out all across the US and the UK, with more countries planning to join in the future. It’s a coordinated effort of humanity to share the love of reading. In this country alone, there are over 25,000 volunteers going out into 6,000 towns and cities.

Several blog readers signed up this year and were selected (yay!). I will certainly post an alert on this blog when it is time to sign up for World Book Night 2015. I hope that even more of you will choose to participate next year. It’s easy, it’s free, it’s simply an extraordinary project to be part of. What a super way to share your love of reading. :)

Trivia: Why April 23?

It’s Shakespeare’s birthday :) and will be the date for World Book Night every year.

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Technology meets Books in a Unique Display: Book Hive

England’s Bristol Central Library is celebrating 400 years of service.
(wow … 400 years! That’s 1613-2013 :shock: Congratulations!)

And so, for the next few months, visitors to the library will be greeted with an amazing animatronic display of books.

It’s called “Book Hive” and it is interactive. There are motion sensors so that a person standing (and moving) in front of the display will cause the books to open and close …. beckoning to be read. (quite clever, I think)


if you have trouble viewing the video here in this blog, you can click this link to see it directly from the artist’s website: Book Hive

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Another Great Book Search Tool for your Kindle: BookGorilla

Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 3.08.29 PMI’ve mentioned a few wonderful book sites for your Kindle on this blog, such as Freebooksifter and eReaderIQ.

Now I want to add another: BookGorilla

BookGorilla will search everyday for the best bargains tailored just for you.

When you sign up, you will have the opportunity to select categories that interest you. You will receive ONE email a day, with book bargains from all your selected categories. You get to decide how many books you want to appear in your daily email alert… 12? 25? 50? (I chose 50, of course. :) )

You always have the option to adjust your category selection, so you can tweak your choices to get the perfect group of books chosen just for you.

BookGorilla prides itself on not just finding unknown-author books, but finding sales on popular books as well. Here is a quote from the blurb on their website:

We’re as tired as you are of emails stuffed with books by authors we’ve never heard of. Ho hum, who needs them? Here at BookGorilla, we’re talking about bestsellers by authors you know and love, with a few discoveries by emerging authors of real distinction sprinkled in.

Hello? Do we really mean that you can get actual bestsellers for prices ranging from free to $2 or $3?

Absolutely. Here are a few of the well-known authors we have featured recently. We’re talking Grisham, Patterson, Patchett, Evanovich, Conroy, Picoult, Shreve, and Grafton….

If you like to read on your Kindle, you’ll enjoy looking through these bargains each day.

Just go to BookGorilla and sign up… it is free!

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Dumping the Dreaded “Turn off Your Electronic Devices”

photo credit: Rollofunk via photopin cc

photo credit: Rollofunk via photopin cc

I am not a happy flier. I do it because I have to do it to get places. If there was an option, I’d choose it. Any “it”. But usually there is no option, so I have to fly.

It’s not just the flying that puts me off. Just getting to the gate of your plane can be quite the ordeal with new rules about luggage fees, kiosk check-ins, and crazy long security lines.

And then you crush into those airplane seats which were obviously made for a race of beings that are much smaller than the average human. No place for your knees, your elbows squished to your sides and (usually) the seat in front of you reclined so that it practically touches your nose.

Once I’m strapped in place, I want to ‘escape’! I pull out my kindle and jump into a book and do my best to forget about my budding claustrophobia, discomfort and just a touch of terror fear-of-flying.

But, just as I start to lose myself in my book, the doors close, the plane pulls away from the gate, and the announcement comes on “Please power down your electronic devices for take-off.”


Take offs and landings are both times that I especially want to forget where I am and be lost in my book. Hurtling down the runway is not my idea of a good time.

Happily, this rule may soon be changed. Hurray!!

The New York Times is reporting that by the end of the year these restrictions may be relaxed.

Apparently, the Federal Aviation Administration set up a committee last year to look at this issue since they have been under increasing pressure to either change this rule or PROVE that it matters. Lots of folks have argued for years that these devices don’t really interfere with the functioning of the plane. And now the FAA has been pushed to the point of “put up or shut up”.

Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, has now introduced legislation to make this happen. “So it’s O.K. to have iPads in the cockpit; it’s O.K. for flight attendants — and they are not in a panic — yet it’s not O.K. for the traveling public,” she said. “A flying copy of ‘War and Peace’ is more dangerous than a Kindle.” After meeting with the chairman of the F.C.C. she said “The idea that in-flight use of electronic devices for things like reading a book poses a threat to the safety of airline passengers is baseless and outdated.”

Even the pilots are using iPads, for goodness sake!

I’ll be flying again in June. The reports say the changes will be announced “by July 31”, so I’ll probably still have to turn off my Kindle for this flight.

But hopefully this will be the last time.

Celebrate Dr Seuss’ Birthday with App Sales

Screen shot 2013-03-01 at 6.01.24 PMMarch 2 is the birthday of Theodor Geisel best known to the world as Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books. Fox in Socks was a favorite in our house, along with Dr. Seuss’ ABC, Hop on Pop, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

(They really stick with you, don’t they? It’s been 25 years, and I think I can still recite these all by heart :) )

Oceanhouse media has put all their Dr. Seuss book apps on sale for this weekend for 30 – 75% off, and you can find the entire list, here. (Android apps are also on sale. Look in your favorite Android store for Oceanhouse Media, and these apps should be on sale there, as well.)

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