Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lending books will destroy something--I'm just not sure what.

So is a site where you can loan and borrow ebooks legally.  I use "legally" with a little circumspection--I don't believe the law has been worked out on it, but I use it in the sense that everyone should agree that it is okay.

I still think they're trolling, and I applaud them for it.

You can be sure that Amazon and Barnes and Noble only enable the "loaning" of e-books because even most folks would be offended at not being able to do so.  And that wellspring of common sense, in the end, is the only thing that can keep the internet free.

However, imagine if everyone who buys e-books uses this service?  After all, after you finish reading an e-book, why wouldn't you put it on the loan service?   How often do you re-read a book?  You probably don't even keep it on your kindle.

Over time, this will result in a very large library of "loan-able" ebooks.  As in, you won't have to buy many books.

Perhaps that will help folks understand how incredibly stupid the idea of loaning an electronic file is.

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