Amazon today crippled the Kindle lending service, Lendle, by revoking the startup’s API access.
We covered Lendle last month, a service that enables Kindle users to lend books to other users they don’t personally know. The service makes use of the Kindle’s own legitimate lending feature, and simply facilitates lending for a greater network of people.
Services like Lendle depend on Amazon’s API to facilitate the purchase and lending of books, and as such are at Amazon’s mercy as to whether their business should survive or die.
The article includes comments from a Co-Founder of Lendle, Jeff Croft:
“We intend to do everything in our power to continue to serve our amazing community. Part of that, of course, is doing whatever we can do get our API access back. Failing that, it’s still very possible for us to run a lending site without relying on Amazon’s APIs. It may take us a bit of time to rebuild, but one way or another, we’ll continue lending eBooks. This only strengthens our drive to bring the publishing industry into the 21st century, even if we have to drag them kicking and screaming.”