I read daily and love my Kindle. I take it with me everywhere I go, and as a result the amount I read has gone up over prior reading habits when I only read print books. I have found new authors and tried books in genres that I don’t normally choose.
I was a person who spend hours and lots of money at the used book store. I now needed to find similar ways to prevent spending hundreds of dollars a year in books for my reader. I get free books from Amazon, and check out books the local public library. One of the mysteries with a Kindle is how to leverage the loan option when I am not sure who would want to borrow a book or how I find a book I want to borrow.
Enter two websites who match make for loaning ebooks possible.
Neither one has a huge database, but I have signed up for both. I am not sure it is the right thing to do because ebooks can only be lent once. How do you manage lending if you have the same book registered on two sites. Many publishers and authors don’t allow any lending at all. It is a new area and they are feeling their way around the ereader concept. No books being recycled like at the used book store over and over.
So far here are my impressions of the two lending sites. At this point I am leaning toward using only lendle, but the are both in their infancy so will likely hang out with both for awhile longer.
lendle.me I have lent 4 books, and borrowed 3.
- Love the information showing how many books are available, or if there is a waiting list.
- love that I know where I am in a waiting list after I requested the book
- Borrowing was easy, and I loved that I got to thank the lender.
- the number books on the database is displayed and you can see that it is growing.
- Website feels cluttered/layout not as clean or as intuitive
- keeping track of your lends isn’t as easy as booklending
booklending.com I have lent 2 books, and have not been able to borrow any books.
- Cleaner, easier to navigate site.
- single step loan and tracking
- You have no idea if there is an abundance of books when you ask to borrow or if you could wait an eternity.
- I don’t seem to be making any matches for my benefit, only as a lender
If you are the owner of a reader, let me know your thoughts. Have you found something else out there to help fulfill your reading needs without breaking the bank?