Borrowing and lending eBooks just got easy with Lendle

I’ve literally just stumbled upon Lendle so I’ve no idea how useful it will become but here’s the jist:

  1. Sign up for Lendle
  2. Add the books you own.
  3. Request to borrow from another Lendle user.
  4. Lend books. You earn additional borrow requests by lending titles.

According to the blurb Lendle works with Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android. Here’s the page for Beth Kanter’s latest book on Lendle, I seem to be the only Lendler who owns it right now. I may well need to add Lendle to my top ten Kindle sites.

So…could Lendle become the social glue that binds together Kindle users?

UPDATE

The answer to the question above, outwith the US anyway, is a big fat no:

Does Lendle work with non-u.s. Amazon accounts?

Unfortunately, at this time Amazon only allows book lending for u.s. customers. As such, Lendle does not work with non-u.s. Amazon accounts. We expect Amazon to allow lending elsewhere soon.

Wouldn’t it be nice if charity annual reports were more interactive?

Someone forwarded me on a video about an electronics magazine for the iPad today which, to be honest, sounded like the dullest thing I’d ever heard of. I reluctantly had a look and I was amazed at how interactive and engaging they’d managed to make a magazine about ‘and’ & ‘not’ gates [Higher Physics is as far as my electronics knowledge extends]. Soldering irons aside, the eTech app from RS Components is pretty similar to the Wired and New Yorker iPad apps:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3bxQOuvp14?rel=0]

I’ve not suddenly become an electronics blogger, my interest lies in the possible uses of this technology within the charity sector. We’ve all seen web-based annual reports but are there any non-profits who have put together an annual report that really captures the imagination in this way?

If you’ve got an example you can share I’d love to hear from you – leave a comment or tweet me.

iPad. Aye right.

via Mashable

via laptopnext

 

Is it just me or does the iPad with optional keyboard look an awful lot like on of those dusty old netbook things that Steve Jobs hates?

You can carry around a netbook quite easily, try carrying around an optional keyboard with your iSlate iNetbook iPad. Yes I know the iPad has a keyboard on its shiny little screen but ergonomically that thing is going to be nasty to use. If you want to type more than a sentence you’re going to have to place it on your lap, you’re then going to have to both type and look at the screen from a rather awkward downwards position. When you browse the net you don’t simply stare at pages, you also do a heck of a lot of typing.

Oh and you can’t multitask on an iPad. Want to listen to some music on Spotify while you tweet? Tough.

You’ve got probably got tons of USB peripherals you’ll be wanting to use on your iPad. Well you can’t; it doesn’t have a USB port.

There’s a list of other issues with the iPad over on Gizmodo.

I get that it’s not designed to be a netbook. It’s some kind of Blair-ite ‘third way’ wonder machine. As far as I can see it doesn’t really do anything very well.

I will be wrong though and Apple will go on to sell hundreds of millions of units.