Here at MakeUseOf we get a lot of questions on MakeUseOf Answers asking for sources of free eBooks. The benefit of owning a physical, printed book lies in the ability to pick it up, examine it and borrow or loan it to friends and family. It’s no secret that the traditional lending of literature can be achieved using Amazon’s Kindle format, but this is only possible between other Kindle users.
And so that’s where Ownshelf comes in. The service which is currently in beta uses Facebook as a platform for connecting you with people you already know. In reality, it’s like a Dropbox for eBooks and best of all it doesn’t matter which eReader you own or which eBookshop you frequent, provided the format is ePub you can share between platforms.
Once you’ve logged in and approved the app to use your Facebook account you can upload files in ePub format which will then appear on your bookshelf ready to be shared with your friends. You can also browse the shelves of others in your friends list or borrow books with the click of a button, though you might want to tell your eReading buddies to sign up for the Ownshelf service as it feels a little empty on your own.
- Browse, borrow and lend eBooks between friends, regardless of format.
- Connect with Facebook to make finding friends even easier.
- Uses the popular robust ePub format for maximum compatibility.
- Rediscover the joy of borrowing and lending books.
Check out Ownshelf @ Ownshelf.com