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The End of eBook Lending and More Kindle News

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What’s afoot at Amazon, and what’s the future of Kindle? While the ebook giant may

The most recent change is one authors and publishers have been begging for: updating the return policy

Previously, Amazon allowed users to return any ebook within seven days of purchase, no questions asked

Users would purchase a book, read it within the seven day window, and return it as an

Authors, especially self-published authors, were quick to point out that this “life hack” was anything but harmless

On Twitter, authors pointed out that Amazon deducts royalties for returned books from author payments

In some cases, Amazon requests money already paid out to authors be returned, leading to negative royalty

When you read and return a book it COSTS the author… It's June 1st and I owe

Authors begged Amazon to fix this problem, pointing out that Amazon had the tools at hand to

org petition about the return policy gained over 75,000 signatures

On September 23, Amazon responded by announcing they will change their Kindle return policy for accidental purchases

Otherwise, users will need to contact a customer service agent in order to process ebook returns

This is a positive move for authors whose books were essentially being pirated through the ebook return

For readers, while it may limit their ability to freely read and return ebooks, it’s a

Presumably, readers will realize they’ve “accidentally” purchased a book within the first 10% of the text, and

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Kindle will support EPUB files for the first time since its creation

EPUB is an open standard format widely supported by other ereaders and devices

Until now, all Kindle books had to be in MOBI or a proprietary Amazon format, limiting where

Users can send EPUB files through their Kindle email address

MOBI files previously downloaded to Kindles will still be accessible, but all new ebooks will need to

Overall, this is a positive move, making it easier to purchase and download ebooks from sources other

Now for a little bad news: Amazon has silently ended lending of ebooks between Kindle users

Someone who purchased a lendable book could send it to a friend’s Amazon account

At the end of two weeks, the ebook was automatically returned to its owner

No official Amazon announcement is available, but it appears this feature has now disappeared from all Kindle

This reader was utilizing a post I wrote for Book Riot in 2018 explaining how to lend Kindle

As this was previously a benefit to purchasing ebooks through Amazon, it’s disappointing to lose this

The previously popular Kindle Lending Library was ended in August 2020 after almost a decade

This lending program allowed users to borrow one free ebook per month and re-download that book at

Users were instead directed to Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited

The new Kindle looks closer to the current Paperwhite editions, with a 6-inch high resolution, glare-free, front

Amazon is also releasing a version aimed at children, Kindle Kids, for $119

At the same time, five older models of Kindles will lose their access to the Kindle Store

Instead, books can be purchased through Amazon’s website and downloaded to older Kindle devices

But those changes come at the expense of popular features like lending between users

But here at Book Riot, we’ll continue monitoring ereading trends and keeping you updated on what