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E-book lending is a practice in which access to already-purchased downloads of e-books is made available on a time-limited basis to others. It works around the digital rights management built into online-store-published e-books by limiting access to a purchased e-book file to the borrower, resulting in loss of access to the file by the purchaser for the duration of the borrowing period.
E-book lending has become an increasing practice in the early 2010s for public libraries as well as independent e-book lending communities; the latter is increasingly viable, especially for books which are not available in the Amazon Kindle's Kindle Format, Mobipocket or Barnes & Noble Nook formats.
E-book lending is currently an unestablished practice from a legal perspective.
In 2012, e-book lending site Lendink, which used the Amazon Affiliates program to allow users to lend e-book copies, was taken offline by multiple DMCA requests issued by self-publishing writers who had accused the website of e-book piracy. However, the site returned after the requests were found to be controversial and mistaken.
- Stu Woo (2011-03-11). "E-Book Lending Takes Off". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
- Violet Blue (August 9, 2012). "Piracy witch hunt downs legit e-book lending Web site". CNET.