Borrow Ebooks - The Easy (& Free) Way

Here are two great ways to borrow books - either eBooks or paper books. All online. Ebook lending is free.

eBook Fling - How To Swap Books On Your Kindle Or Nook

This is surely the easiest free way to swap ereader books...Offering 14-day lending now on tens of thousands of Nook and Kindle books.

eBookFling give readers across the USA the chance to borrow and share their ebooks. Lend an ebook, earn a credit, and borrow any other for free! It's 100% safe with the book returned in 14 days guaranteed.

•     STEP 1 - List the books you own in your collection
•     STEP 2 - Lend your books for up to 14 days
•     STEP 3 - Each successful loan earns you credits
•     STEP 4 - You use credits to borrow free ebooks

•     Don't want to lend? - under $3 to borrow

Free eBooks can be downloaded to your Kindle, Nook, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android or Mac.


Before 2010 it was not legally possible to borrow eBooks that you hadn't actually purchased.

What a waste!

There was no way to share your eBook after you'd finished with it. You couldn't even give it to a friend.

EBook Fling may well be the best answer, giving you the opportunity to borrow or lend vitually any of the books in the Amazon Kindle and Nook online libraries.

BookSwim - Best Selling Books Delivered Right To Your Door

Offering ''a library at your door with unlimited book rental''. Plans starting at under $24 a month - your choice of books from an extensive catalogue.

BookSwim ship to virtually any US address, shipping your next batch as soon as you return the first. Rent as many books as you want each month for a flat monthly subscription fee. Buy books you love at discounted prices.

•     STEP 1 - Find your book - new releases or classics
•     STEP 2 - Add to your list with one click
•     STEP 3 - Get your books delivered to your door
•     STEP 4 - Return when ready using prepaid envelope

•     No late fees, no pressure, no due dates


Avoid paying sky high prices - and waiting 5 or 6 months - for the latest best sellers. BookSwim offer affordable, straightforward book rentals with no late return fees and no due dates.

They'll deliver bestsellers and classics direct to your door at home here you can take your time and read with no pressure.

Simply return your finished books in the supplied prepaid return envelopes and get your next batch straight through.

Borrowing Ebooks - The Options

If you've got a colour ereader you're going to want books, and have plenty to choose from. Borrowing ebooks is one of the most cost effective ways to get your hands on plenty of reading material. Here we're going to look at the different options there are to borrow ebooks, either for free or for a lot less than actually buying outright.

Remember those days when getting access to free books meant either spending afternoons in the local library or the local bookstore cafe?

Those days are almost gone. With the arrival of ereaders the book market is opening up. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble began allow the lending of eBooks between readers, though there are restrictions, namely a limit of a 14 day loan period and an allowance to only loan an ebook once.

Access to a good read has never been so easy. There are a number of ways you can borrow ebooks, so let's take a look at the options.

Borrow Ebooks At Online Stores

I've mentioned eBook Fling above, but Lendink is another online operator who provide a facility for borrowing ebooks. With some drawbacks to borrowing from public libraries, it's almost certain that the options to borrow online from store type operators will grow exponentially.

Borrow Ebooks Online From Libraries

Over the last couple of years - coinciding with the increased interest oin ebook readers - there's been substantial growth in the number of libraries offering ebook borrowing facilities.

With library lending ebooks can be downloaded straight to your ereader device or laptop. It's as simple as going online, typing in your library card number, scanning through the list, and downloading your selected titles. All free.

And the libraries are becoming wise to how popular this method of lending is becoming. Many are increasing the number of books they hold on internal library servers. They know that moving with the times is important to keep their regular Customers interested, and attract new ones.

Well over 5000 public libraries across the USA now offer the facility to borrow ebooks, though of course the online collections are still miniscule when compared to traditional print. That's going to change over time.

In fact, loaning ebooks is becoming so popular that the NY Library is considering actually lending ereaders themselves.

Here are some useful sites which you'll want to know about if you want to borrow ebooks from libraries:

This article on the borrowing ebooks by the NYTimes contains links to some of the major US libraries with an idea of how many digital titles they hold.

A collection of children’s books and complimentary videos from Scholastic. These are subscription based, so multiple readers can access the collection at the same time.

OverDrive.com is a great site for finding out which ebooks are available from your local library.

Digitalbookmobile.com shows you how to download books from libraries.

Who Provides Ebooks To The Libraries?

is one large supplier of ebooks to libraries. NetLibrary is another supplier which currently supports around 5000 public libraries. Both have reported significant increases in the number of digitally available books over the last couple of years.

What's The Future For Library Based Ebook Lending

We've seen that libraries are getting in on the act as far as borrowing ebooks is concerned, but where does it go from here?

Of course library lending is normally local. You need to be registered at your local library to make a loan. But ebooks are digital, they're downloaded over the internet which by it's nature is global.

So might we see libraries banding together in future? Certainly that would seem to offer some help in economies of scale, though I'm not sure if the initial set up and operation would outweigh other cost savings. Almost certainly any such service would have to be based on some form of subscription or one off lending fee.

Hmmm. A large-scale service for lending e-books for a fee. Sounds an awful lot like what Amazon is apparently trying to do.

All of which brings us neatly to the online giant - Amazon. And specifically to their services for loaning ebooks.

Borrowing Amazon Ebooks

In September 2011 Amazon began a service allowing readers to download ebooks from around 11,000 libraries across the USA. The service has been launched in partnership with Overdrive

The new service which Amazon is operating in partnership with OverDrive is clearly designed to consolidate Amazon’s position as one of the leaders in the ereader market. Likewise it's clearly great news for ereader owners. The Kindle is massively popular, though it's worth noting that owners of Nook and Sony ereaders have been able to get content from libraries on their devices for some time.

You can borrow a Kindle ebook from your local library and read it on any of the current Kindle readers, and you still get access to the unique features that the Kindle gives you - including the Whispersync feature that lets you enter notes, highlight sections of text, and save your last page.

The borrowing process is simple:

•Go to any US library that offers services via Overdrive.

•Enter a valid library card number

•Click the link for ''get for Kindle'' and then sign in to your Amazon account.

Your chosen title will be delivered direct to your Kindle. Once your loan period has ended, you're able to reloan or buy the book from the Kindle store.

Borrowing Kindle Ebooks From Other Ereader Owners

The ability to loan Kindle ebooks between users is a great feature, though the restriction of a 14 day loan period - and the fact that you can only loan once - are both slight negatives. On the plus side, inter device lending isn't just restricted to Kindle readers. You can loan to a number of other devices including PCs, MACs, Blackberry's, iPads and iPhones.

The Kindle Lending Club is a great place to find out more. It works by matching the wants of borrowers with book availability from lenders. If the book a potential borrower wants is not available (and Amazon don't allow borrowing and lending of every title) you get the chance to click a link and buy it instead.

This is a great way for fast readers to get (or at least sample before buying free ebooks

Amazon's Ebook Borrowing Subscription Service

During early September 2011 there was a spate of stories suggesting that Amazon are considering launching an ebook subscription service, with an annual price of $79 being mentioned.

By paying the annual fee subscribers get membership of the 'prime users' club. That gives you the ability to borrow ebooks direct from the Kindle store for a specified period (very likely to be 14 days but to be confirmed).

If launched, this would seem to be a potentially good deal. If you buy more than $79 worth of books per year then it's cost effective.The negative of course in laying out the $79 in one go.

The other downside is you don't own the ebook. Then again, it's not the same as owning a paper book anyway. The reality is that most books - at least recent/new novels - are read once and probably not touched again.

Can Anything Stop The Growth In Ebook Borrowing?

The current growth is slower than it might be, mainly because of restrictions in borrowing ebooks for specific devices. The most obvious of these are the Kindle and the iPhone, two of the most popular reading devices on the market today. The luck ereader owners are those with other makes, or who own  laptops or other suitable mobile gadgets.

In a similar way to printed books, ebooks in libraries can often only be borrowed once at a time. Plus there may well be the usual waiting lists for popular titles.

Publishers are not comfortable either. Sales of traditional printed books are falling, and the publishers can't sustain a business model where their books are given away free for too long before we see serious repercussions in the authoring industry.

For these main reasons, borrowing ebooks from libraries has some way to go to become mainstream. The benefits of borrowing from online stores instead are obvious, though of course that might involve cost too.

Don't Want To Borrow - Where Do I Get Free Ebooks To Keep?

There are a number of ways to get free ebooks:

This site at Ebooks11 offers a number of free titles.


As the pace of ereader take up is accelerating, so is the need to find new ways to borrow ebooks to read on them.

Ebook borrowing is on the increase, but may not be the solution for everyone. Just the same as when borrowing a paper book, loaned ebooks aren't yours forever. Choices are still limited, but growing every day.

But it seems sure that the convenience offered by being able to download ebooks on loan will ensure that the popularity of lending - and the choices of books to loan - will continue to expand.

Whether the physical libraries days are numbered is another thing. But as with evolution, as the younger generations grow up with ereaders seen as the norm so they'll come to see loaning 'virtual' books as the norm too.

We definitely are at the start of a future where digital books - and the ways to access them - are on the ascendant.
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