One of the great advantages of Barnes & Noble’s Nook is the ability to lend books to a friend for up to two weeks.
That advantage just disappeared.
Amazon just announced it will be offering the 14 day lending option to Kindle users.
A Kindle user will not be able to read the book while it is out on loan.
As with the Nook, the loan feature requires the cooperation of the publisher. This has been a sticking point, as Nook buyers have been disappointed to find that many of their books aren’t authorized to be lent out. Still, the move helps push the Kindle’s growth – something key with the holiday buying season just around the corner.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.