Are You Okay With Lending Books to Friends and Family?

There is nothing I like more than someone interested by my intense interest in the book I am reading. I find it an honor to be asked to borrow the book when I am done. But, it isn’t always so easy to part with a treasure. Lending books is much more difficult (at least emotionally) then borrowing books.

In middle school I was reading The Dollanganger Series by V.C. Andrews. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews was the first adult novel my mom recommended to me. My nose was so much stuck in the book that my friends in my English class started to notice. The books, then, started getting passed around. I believe I had about four friends reading the series at once, all books from me.

I don’t believe I got any of them back.

On the one hand, I am so grateful that I got everyone reading and we were able to bond over these intense novels. Even lending books out to multiple people and not getting them back, I still don’t regret doing so. However, it would have been nice to get my books back.

Luckily V.C. Andrews had been around for so long that her books were often in the used book store at the Library so I was able to buy them again for a mear 25cents each. I learned quite quickly to buy more than one copy, if able. You know, just in case someone wanted to borrow them.

lending-books-whatRight now, I have just as many eBooks as I do physical books. I have sold a majority of my physical books to book stores simply for conserving space reasons. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t find books all over the house as endearing as I do so I compromise. He did, after all, buy me my eReader. :)

But now having so much eBooks, it seems that one cannot simply loan out their ebook to a friend. (I know you say that you can share Kindle to Kindle or maybe Nook to Nook) but it isn’t always that easy. Why can’t I loan out an ebook to a friend to read on her smart device, or the computer? It feels rather unfair, you know?

Plus, friends cannot “mess up” an eBook (as hard as they may try) and you are not in danger of losing it for good. The double standard for borrowing books between friends (physical vs. virtual) still bugs me. Isn’t there any easier way to loan out eBooks to friends that may not have a specific eReader?

Lending Books on ANY Device

Why is there not a universal application for ebook lending that would work on any electronic device capable of reading text? One could simply choose a book, send to a user with a specific time limit and voila. The user could no longer access their own book for a certain time period and it would disappear from the device of the borrower once expired.

Lending books has never been easier! No more ripped covers, dog-eared pages, or bent spines. You always get your book back and everyone is happy.

Why hasn’t this been DONE?


Tribute Books Mama June 9, 2020 at 6:35 am

Before I lend a book out, I have to read it first.

Gigi Ann June 9, 2020 at 7:54 am

I do loan out books that I have already read. However, I draw the line with books I haven’t read yet.
I have a friend who once in a while will borrow a book from my Nook, but, I think there is a time limit on how long she can have it, I think it is for two weeks.

Jupiter June 11, 2020 at 8:19 pm

At least if someone you know borrows a book you know where to hunt them down at LOL
My hubby is constantly letting co-workers borrow books and then he can’t remember who he let borrow what :-/

Regina June 12, 2020 at 1:07 pm

I love this article. I always feel like loaning out a book is like letting someone borrow a child! PLEASE DON’T INJURE OR DESTROY IT! I use a program called Calibre that allows me to put ebooks of any format into it, and allows me to put them into my Nook. Sure, the formatting may not be perfect (one book had every line double spaced, one had “pictures” that were all just a bunch of 1s and 0s), but I got the book for free. BTW – “Flowers in the Attic”… that was the first, and last, book my step mother recommended to me… I remember being about 12 and thinking “this book is totally inappropriate for me”.

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