Amazon has unplugged Lendle, an e-book lending service for the Kindle, we learned on Tuesday. According to Lendle, Amazon has revoked access to its API, which means Lendle can no longer access the online bookseller’s e-book databases.
Lendle first reported the news via Twitter: “Amazon has revoked access to Lendle’s API. This is why the site is down. It is sad and unfortunate that Amazon is shutting down loan sites. . According to Amazon, Lendle does not serve the primary purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site. ‘ “
While eBook lending is still in its infancy, some publishers allow the lending of certain eBooks on a limited basis. These books can be distributed to friends and strangers with Lendle and other apps that create loan clubs.
Lendle co-founder Jeff Croft refutes Amazon’s claim that the service does not benefit the site.
We disagree with this, as Lendle was built from the ground up to ensure that it would be of benefit to authors, publishers, and Amazon. Our site requires that you be prepared to lend books before you can borrow them. We’ve even gone so far as to allow users to sync their Lendle accounts with their Kindle accounts, so we can make sure that anyone who borrows books from Lendle has already purchased loanable books from Amazon. Our philosophy is: You can’t borrow if you don’t lend, and you can’t lend if you don’t buy.
MSNBC reports that some users have purchased more books after signing up for Lendle and other eBook lending services.
Other eBook lenders, according to Croft, have also had their API access revoked, which means Amazon has decided to end the young habit of lending Kindle eBooks. What do you think: is it a smart move from Amazon?
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