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Amazon To Let Libraries Lend Kindle Books 135

Last month we reported that Amazon was confronting lenders of Kindle e-books. Today, thebian writes "Amazon announced yesterday that it would allow 11,000 libraries in the US to lend ebooks. The press release doesn't say exactly when this will start. Amazon is trying to speed the adoption of the Kindles. If people are slow to flock to the device the reason is the high prices the publishers cling to. Amazon itself sometimes undercuts Kindle prices, and almost always some booksellers on the Amazon Marketplace undercut the Kindle. There's no indication about what books might be offered through this program."
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Amazon To Let Libraries Lend Kindle Books

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  • by garcia ( 6573 ) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @09:15AM (#35892544)

    Hey, thankfully there are pros and cons for each device and people have a choice between the two major competing devices.

    Some people like the openness of the underlying Android OS on the Nook Color and some people prefer the e-ink and Amazon ease-of-downloading on the Kindle.

    To each their own. Glad you are enjoying yours and you find it the superior device. Me? I prefer old-school books and will continue to do so until they pry my entire library from my cold, dead hands.

  • by Relayman ( 1068986 ) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @09:23AM (#35892646)
    Sorry, what you've proposed is at best unethical and at worst illegal. I'll pass.
  • by CaptBubba ( 696284 ) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @09:40AM (#35892830)

    No it is only unethical if you don't delete the book from your kindle when your check out period expires.

    Illegal is a gray area because it is being done solely for compatibility reasons.

    The reverse is possible too. I buy amazon ebooks, strip the DRM, convert them to ePub, and load them only my Nook. I use the nook heavily for library reading as well. If this lending program had been in place a couple months ago I would have kept the kindle I won (instead a sold it and bought the Nook).

  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Thursday April 21, 2011 @10:31AM (#35893506) Homepage Journal

    Have you tried a Kindle?

    Yes, for a long time I thought they would need to pull my books from my dead hands. Then I got my wife a Kindle. ANd after giving it a try, I fell in love with it and got my own.

    Now? I don't even want to pick up a paper book. IN fact, I am considering replacing my favorite books with eBook and then selling my paper books.

    The question seems to me to be: Do you like reading stories? or is it the idea of reading you really like? Because holding onto paper just to hold onto paper is an emotional decision that has nothing to do with reading. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just be honest with yourself.

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