How To Share & Borrow Amazon Kindle Books For Free

Do you know that apart from downloading free kindle books, you can also borrow, share and return kindle eBooks for free? You can share and loan books in your kindle library to your friends, family members and acquaintances and also borrow from books from them. For borrowed books, Amazon allows the borrower to read it for a maximum of 14 days. During this two-week period, you won’t be able to read the book that you loaned unless the borrower returns it earlier. But, if you share your kindle books with friends and family, there is no limited period of usage. In this tutorial article you will learn how to borrow, share and return borrowed kindle books. Before you continue, study the Kindle Lending Policies.
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Here are some other  things you should know before Lending and borrowing Kindle Books:
  • You are allowed to lend a particular Kindle book title once. Once you lend or share a book title once, you can't share it again.
  • Amazon gives the book recipient 7 days to accept the book you lend them. During this period of time, the book is also not available to you.
  • Some Kindle books can be shared with friends because their publishers restricted the lending option while setting it up on Amazon. 

How to Lend a Kindle Book to Any Friend

You have two ways to lend a Kindle book to anyone you want to share your book with. You can lend the book through the "Manage Your Contact and Devices" option or you use the "Product Detail Page" method. Just choose the one that best suits you.

How to Use the "Manage Your Contact and Devices" Method to Lend Book

This method takes you directly to your account page that lists all the Kindle books you've purchased, which makes it really easy to locate and share your books.
To Use this method:

1. Login to your Amazon account and navigate to the Manage Your Content and Devices section

2. Select the Actions button next to the book you want to loan, and then click the link the Loan this title link. If you don't see this option, then the book is not eligible for lending.

3. This will take you to a new page. Enter the recipient's email address into the details box. For further customization, you can add a name and message for the recipient.

4. Click the Send Now button to lend out the Kindle book.

How to Use the "Product Detail Page" Method to Lend Book

This method requires that you first find the book through the Kindle Store.
To Use this method:

1. First locate the book you want to share in the Kindle Store.

2. Click the "Loan this book to anyone you choose" link from the Kindle book's details page.

3. Enter the recipient's email address into the details box in the new window that pops up.

4. Click the Send Now button to lend out your Kindle book.

How to Download a Borrowed Book to Your Kindle Reading App Or Device

When someone sends you a kindle eBook to your email, Amazon will notify you with the the title "... has loaned you a Kindle eBook"You need to download  and add it to your kindle library. 
To Download a Borrowed Book:

1. Open the email from the sender and click the button called Get your loaned book now.

2. Sign in to your Amazon account in the new pop up Window.

3. Select the device or reading app you would like to send the Kindle book to, and then click on Accept loaned bookIf you don't have a Kindle reading app, accept the book and then download a free Kindle reading app with the screen to screen instructions.

How To Return A Borrowed Kindle Book

If a friend loaned you a kindle book, you only have 14 days to read the book. After the expiration of the loan, the book will automatically return to the lender. But if you are through with the book and wish to return it within the 14 days period, here is how to return it:

1. Log into your Amazon account and navigate to the Manage Your Content and Devices section.

2. Click the Actions button beside the borrowed book. Then from the resulting options select Delete

3. Click Yes to confirm you want to return the borrowed book. The book will now be available to the lender once more.

How to Share Kindle Books Family Members

 Amazon provided the Family Library feature, which allows two adults and four children to share  their Kindle books, apps, and audiobooks with one another. This is another great way to share kindle resources apart from the above mentioned methods. The Family Library feature is more advantageous because every member can read the same book at the same time and is not limited to the 14 days expiration period. They can read the book for any number of moths and even years!

You first need to define the other adult (probably your wife or husband) and the children that should have access to your account before you can share your Kindle books with your family. It is called "Building a Virtual Household". I will show you how to add an adult to the virtual household and then you will learn how to add your children to the household.

To Build a Virtual Household (Add Adult):

1. Log into your Amazon account and navigate to the Manage Your Content and Devices section.

2. Click the Invite an Adult button located in the Households and Family Library section, under the Settings.

3. Now enter the Amazon email and password of the other adult in this section or simply create a new Amazon account if he/she does not have an account and then click Yes to enable both your account and the other adult's account to share payment methods.

Note that this means that both adults will be able to view and use each other's payment method.

4. Specify what you would like to share with the other adult, like: books, apps, audio-books. Then tell the other adult to specify what he/she would like to share with you.

5. Click Finish.

To Add a Child to the Virtual Household:

1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for adding an adult above, choosing Add Child instead of Invite an Adult.

Note that only devices that support Kindle FreeTime can have access to child accounts.

How to Specify Which Books to Share in the Virtual Household

After setting up the Amazon virtual household, the next step is to select and specify the kindle books to share with the members of your family. This method is very similar to sharing Kindle books with non-family members:
1. Go to the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your account on Amazon.

2. To reveal the extra Family Library buttons, click the Show Family Library link from the Your Content tab.

3. Specify the books you would like to share with your household and then choose Add to Library.

4. Specify a household member you would like to send the book(s) to, and then click OK.

You can now easily send or download the other adults kindle book to your kindle device or reading app easily once the full account access has been permitted by both of you.

To Download a Kindle Book From Family Library:

1. Visit the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.

2. Specify the kindle book(s) you wish to send to your kindle device or app and then click Deliver.

3. From the pop-up window, specify where the delivery location of the book(s) , and then click Deliver again.

The specified books will now be available in your kindle device or app and both adults can read the same book at the same time.

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