Ebook lending service shut down after authors accuse it of piracy

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Ebook piracy is a legitimate problem that publishers have had no qualms attacking, but a lending site may have been caught in the crossfire after a group of authors mistook it for an illegal pirating site. CNET reports that LendInk, a site that helped owners of lending-enabled ebooks connect and swap titles via email, was shuttered after a group of authors noticed the site and felt it was offering up their work for free. The initial confusion appears to have stemmed from the fact that searching LendInk would bring up results for virtually any title in the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble ebook libraries; the site itself was a member of Amazon’s affiliate program, and would receive revenue when users clicked through to purchase titles. If…

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