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What digital platforms provide the lending library as a service?

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Digital platforms that lend e-books to users are Amazon with the Kindle library, BookLending.com, Lendle and Open Library. BookLending.com and Lendle offer their services to Kindle-connected devices and applications. Readers may also use a service called OverDrive to search for libraries in their areas that offer e-book lending services.

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What digital platforms provide the lending library as a service?
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As of 2015, Amazon offers access to its Kindle Owners' Lending Library exclusively to members of Amazon Prime, a premium membership program Amazon customers can pay for to receive prioritized shipping, movie streaming services and book borrowing perks. Users can borrow books on Amazon Kindle and Fire devices. BookLending.com offers lending through Amazon as well as its own library, and Lendle, which has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian, offers Kindle e-books as well, without the need of owning a Kindle device.

Open Library is a service that allows readers to view e-books online in a variety of different formats, such as PDF format, plain text and even in Kindle-ready format. OverDrive is a service that enables readers to read over 2 million e-books from over 30,000 libraries on the desktop and mobile applications the service offers. Users are required to own library cards that are valid with the libraries they borrow e-books from.

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