Consider this another minor skirmish in the ebook wars. Apparently ebook lending is a major bone of contention between publishers and distributors alike. Lendle is a social app that lets Kindle users get in touch with potential borrowers. On Monday Amazon revoked their API access, axing the service and sending ripples across internet news sites.
On Tuesday came redemption and hope via this update:
“Late today, we received an email from an Associates Account Specialist at Amazon informing us that their concern only relates to our Book Sync tool, which syncs a user’s Kindle books with their Lendle account. Amazon informed us that if we disabled this feature, our access to the API, as well as our Amazon Associates account, would be reinstated. We appreciate Amazon’s willingness to modify the position stated in the original access revocation email and work with us to get Lendle back on line. We have complied with the request to disable the book sync tool (which was a very useful, but non-essential, feature of Lendle).
We’ve learned a lot through this process, and have come to realize we need to work towards a Lendle product that does not rely on APIs provided by Amazon or any other third party. To that end, we’ve already begun brainstorming the next version of Lendle. Suffice it to say, we’ll continue to make good on our promise to keep Lendle the easiest, fastest, fairest, and best way to lend and borrow Kindle books.”
To get the whole scoop, check out Lendle’s open letter chronicling this weird tiff.
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