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Reid Kistler
10-29-2010, 01:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/102210-amazon-to-allow-book-lending.html?hpg1=bn' target='_blank'>http://www.networkworld.com/news/20...ng.html?hpg1=bn</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"One of the oldest customs of book lovers and libraries -- lending out favorite titles to friends and patrons -- is finally getting recognized in the electronic age, at least in one electronic book reader: Amazon has announced that it plans to allow users of its Kindle book reader to 'lend' electronic books to other Kindle users, based on the publisher's discretion. With this new feature, to be added to Kindle readers and software, 'you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users,' stated a blog item posted on Friday..."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1288306848.usr19541.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, perhaps Barnes &amp; Noble can feel good about Amazon's announcement that they plan to introduce an ebook lending feature for the Kindle later this year - presumably in time for the holiday shopping season. Barnes &amp; Noble's Nook has made <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/features/index.asp?cds2Pid=35611" target="_blank">"LendMe Technology"</a> available on their Nook since its introduction, and, based upon the brief announcement, the promised Kindle feature seems to be closely patterned after it: a 14 day lending period, during which time the lender loses access to the title. Additional details should be coming along soon, as the end of the year is not that far off. Does the ability to lend out ebooks make the Kindle more attractive than before? If you have been holding off on a purchase, is this the killer feature that will make you a buyer?</p>

Jon Childs
10-29-2010, 03:41 PM
I ended up going with the Nook for the simple reason that it could read adobe epub books that I download from my local library. For me personally this saves me more than the cost of the Nook every year. I know Amazon says that they are ahead of the standards, but without support for some standards it is just not as useful to me.

Reid Kistler
10-30-2010, 06:22 PM
"I ended up going with the Nook for the simple reason that it could read adobe epub books that I download from my local library...."

Hopefully you do not have to Physically Visit the library to download books?

What type of titles are available to you using the library's epub service? Only public domain classics, or more recent works as well?

Do not yet see enough advantages to a dedicated e-book reader - nor even a tablet - although as the price of the Nook COLOR comes down, could see it beginning to get attractive....