I know you can share a Kindle book, but can you give it away completely
to another Kindle user when you are done reading it?
Kindle includes the ability to purchase a book for someone else or to loan
your book to someone for a period of time, but I’m not aware of a way to give a
book that you’ve purchased for yourself to someone else.
In this audio segment from an Ask Leo! webinar, I discuss Kindle
sharing – the closest solution to what you’re looking for – how it works and
why I think it’s pretty cool.
I know you can share a Kindle book, but can you give it away completely to another Kindle user when you are done reading it?
Not that I’m aware of. I’m just impressed enough that they are doing the sharing thing. And in fact, I’m reading a book right now (that is way off topic so I won’t talk about it) but I’m reading a book right now that’s the kind of a thing where I’m reading I say, ‘You know what? So-and-so needs to read this book. I need to share it with him.’
So I don’t believe you can actually be done with a book on Kindle. You own it; you own it for life apparently. I could be wrong, but I think that is just not the way they’ve set up their ecosystem.
I like the fact that you can share. I really do. I think that’s pretty cool.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Kindle, what you can do if you own a book; if you’ve purchased a book and if the author of that book or the publisher that book has enabled this feature, you can actually say, ‘I want to share this book. I want to let so-and-so borrow this book’ and what happens is you basically specify so-and-so by their email address. They either have or get an Amazon account and a Kindle reader or the free app or an actual Kindle and for the duration of the loan, for the duration of sharing it, you can’t read it. They can.
They get up to I think three weeks to read the book and at which point it is automatically returned to you or they can obviously read it quickly, be done with it, and return it to you immediately, but the interesting thing about it is that the one copy that you purchased can actually only be read by one account at a time. It’s kind of interesting solution to the problem.