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  •  Kindle lending (1+ / 0-)
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    You can lend books on a Kindle. As long as you 'own' the book, you can lend it to another Kindle user. It disappears from your shelf, and can be found on theirs.

    I believe it is time limited to 14 days, and once read, it will appear back on your own shelf again.

    •  "lending" is very restrictive (0+ / 0-)

      You can only lend a book once (a deal breaker for me), the lend has an expiration date, only US customers can lend, only some books can be lent (the publisher decides whether you can lend your own book!).

      Here's what would make ebooks like deadtree books, but will never happen:

      Unlimited lending: as many times as you want for as long as you want.
      Lending chains (A lends to B, B lends to C, etc).
      Giving ownership to another person.
      Selling your ebook second hand.
      The book could be printed.

      In a world not owned by corporations, these features would be required by law.

      If you think about it, ebooks with these features would make ebooks superior to physical books. For example, how often have you lent a favorite book to someone and never got it back? A lent ebook could theoretically be retrieved by the owner at any time. Could you imagine the possibilities for public library giving?

      History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

      by quill on Fri May 31, 2013 at 07:44:08 AM PDT

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