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Ever since Kindle announced its “lend” feature, new sites have been popping up for just that purpose.  The lastest one being Lendle.

With sites like Lendle and BookLending.com cropping up, and them not being affiliated with Amazon, the lending process is being stretched. You visit their sites, find the book you want, borrow it, read it, and it is automatically sent back to the owner. Not a Kindle owner? Not a problem, just get one of the Kindle apps!

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Open Library, a group of more than 150 libraries led by the Internet Archive, has announced plans to lend browser-based digital editions of e-books, beginning with a new, cooperative 80,000+ eBook lending collection of mostly 20th century books.

Under the program, any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to five e-books at a time, for up to two weeks, under a one-book, one reader model. Patrons can choose to view the e-book in a browser version, or in PDF or ePub versions.

“Our sincere hope is that it quickly becomes clear (to Amazon, to publishers, and to authors) that we’re not only fostering buzz about books by taking advantage of a great lending feature, but we’re also selling books and, eventually, that this realization will lead more publishers to come on board.” quote from Brian Ericford, founder of Lendle

Lendle is only several days old and it already has 1,045 ebooks in their database. All you need to use it is an account and be in the U.S. (BookLending.com is available to those outside the U.S.)

This sounds great!! And then again, maybe not. Authors and publishers will be getting that much less as people will be looking to get the books for free rather than pay for them.

So I want to know from you publishers and authors out there…How do you feel about this?

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