How to Lend Kindle Books

How to Lend Kindle Books

Can you lend ebooks like you often do with your paper books? How do you lend Kindle books? Is it possible? Yes! But there is a catch.

The Catch

Unless you have a Family Library set up on Amazon (which shares billing information), there’s a catch. Or two. First, the particular book must have lending enabled on Amazon. Most books are not included, unfortunately. You are also only able to lend a title ONCE, ever. Another catch is only one person has access to that book at a time. Meaning, if you loan it out, you can’t read it until it’s returned.

All Kindle ebooks you loan out is done via email. An email will be sent to the recipient, who has 7 days to accept the book. Once accepted, your friend has 14 days to read the book before it’s returned to you.

Still interested in lending a Kindle ebook? OK!

How to Lend a Kindle Book

The first thing you have to do I determine if you can, in fact, loan the book out. You can find this out in two places. First, is through your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.


Amazon Account Menu


Content and Devices Menu

You are going to select the book you want by clicking on the little button beside the book. In this case, we’re going to choose the first book.

Kindle Book Menu

The very last option is Loan this title. If a book doesn’t have this option, it is not lendable. (Is lendable a word? If not, it is now!)

Once you choose that option, you’ll be able to enter the recipient’s email, name and a brief message. Hit send and you’re done!








Another way to lend a title is on your computer. If you go to the Amazon website, find the book you are looking to lend. I used the same book for this example.

Kindle Book Lending Options

You can clearly see the Loan this book option. Again you’ll enter the recipient’s name and email to loan this title. If you are on the computer and this option doesn’t appear, then this particular book cannot be loaned out.

Audible ‘Lending’

Audible doesn’t have a lending option, exactly. What is has is a gifting option for ANY Audible book. An Audible member can gift as many books as they want, for free. The catch is the recipient can only accept one free Audible book. Ever. It is to let people share the love of audio books with possible new listeners as the price of audio books can make potential new customers hesitate.

Of course, you could sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible and get two audio books free instead of finding someone to give you an Audible book. Or do both, that’s three free audio books.

Are Other Retailer’s Books Lendable?

Some other retailers have this option! Barnes and Noble has the LendMe feature. Google Play Books only allows lending if you’re using the Family Library. Apple Books can be loaned out only through Family Sharing. Kobo ebooks, so far, cannot be loaned out.

Please keep in mind that ‘free’ ebook files found on certain places on the internet are illegal copies unless distributed by a legitimate service for authors and publishers. It’s fairly easy to tell pirated copies and legitimate services. Usually if a free copy is being distributed, it’s to encourage newsletter sign ups or reviews.

Remember to support your authors by purchasing or getting your copies from legitimate sources. Plus legitimate copies don’t carry viruses.

Other Ebook Lending Options

Another great way to borrow books is using your local libraries. They often use Libby or Overdrive for this. It’s also excellent if you’re on a tight budget and read too dang much!

If you’re interested in borrowing and lending, there are quite a few nice lending services available.

Disclaimer: I have not personally tried these services, so I can’t say how excellent they are. If anyone is interested in giving me a review on your experiences with these services, please shoot me an email or use my new contact form.

Lending Services

To Lend or Not to Lend?

I do think lending is an awesome way to try your friends and family’s favorite books. It also introduces readers to new authors. It really is a shame that more ebooks aren’t available to lend out. It’s not an Amazon thing. It’s a publisher thing. They have control over that option.

On the other hand, I am not very good at ‘borrowing’. I don’t know what it is, but give me a time limit on my books and I can’t do it. Plus I like ‘owning’ the book. But I’m all for sharing a good ebook with people. Even if I can’t access it while it is borrowed.

How do you feel about digital lending (or borrowing)?


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8 thoughts on “How to Lend Kindle Books”

  1. Wow this is great, never heard of this lending kindle books before.

    I’m forever being told by friends I should read this or read that. And its usually because they just read it on their kindle. 

    Now with a loan you can get started reading the book. Even if you run out of time your have a good idea if it’s a book you want to buy. I guess I mean,  it’s handy for little tasters. 

    Thanks for sharing this. 

    1. It’s definitely handy! Especially when you want to try your friend’s recommendations without fully committing. It’s just too bad it’s so limited! Thanks for coming by!

  2. I tend to agree with you when it comes to “digital lending” in that I prefer to have own my books. I’m also super old fashion and prefer to read hard copies over kindle books.

    I did recently get into Audio books, though! I tried Audible gifting once with a friend, and to my disappointment, I didn’t like the book very much so I didn’t finish it. What was worse was that I didn’t realize you could only be gifted once through Audible, so I did exactly what you suggested in your article and signed up for a free trial. And guess what, I converted to a subscriber after the trial ended. They got me! It’s just so much easier to get some “reading” in while I drive.

    This is great information though for those who love kindle books. Thank you!

    1. I totally used to prefer paper books over digital until I started traveling for work. I had no choice but to go digital if I wanted to keep reading. That said, while I buy hard copies of favorites, I doubt I’ll ever go back. The cheap books, more authors available to me, and the convenience and speed of getting a new book NOW is too good to do without.

      I always thought audio wouldn’t be for me, and while I still prefer reading to listening to books, you can’t beat listening to books during a long commute! Makes you actually enjoy the drive, no? 

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Yes, someone else who buckles when given a time limit on what I’m reading.  I find that even if I borrow a book from our local library that it sits until I have to return it.  That is why I like ebooks so much, as there are no time limits to reading the book.  I can purchase it today and it will still be there in a week or two when I am ready to consume it.  I probably would do the same with borrowing and lending ebooks so probably not my thing.  Also, my reading habits are different from everyone else in the family so a family account wouldn’t work for me.  It was good to know about the options with lending books though, thanks for the article.

    1. I totally understand that! But what’s great about the family account is they’re like separate accounts so your family can separate your books, all of you can be on the same Amazon Prime package and your kids can read on their own ‘account’. You don’t have to share, it’s just unlimited sharing if you want to read your children’s books before they do or whatever and you can do it on your own device! 

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Hi Selenity

    I love my Kindle. And, yes, I would love to share my books with friends and family. I usually read topics that they would find controversial (politics, religion, economy), but I find very eye-opening. I do, however, find some really good a free books in other sites.

    Like you, if you give me a time limit on a book, I might as well not borrow it, because I just can’t read very fast and the time I have available for reading is sporadic.

    Ooo!! If you haven’t yet, check out the Gutenberg Project. It a non-profit effort to digitise books. There’s already nearly 60k books available, So, even if you “read too dang much”, you won’t be at a loss for a book. 🙂


    1. You have given me an idea! I’ve heard of the Gutenberg Project, but I’ll look into it. That said, now that I have an e-reader, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of books. So many freaking ebook deals and sales mean I have more books than I can read in a lifetime. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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