25 Oct 2010, 11:31am
by chrisdoody

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Kindle Allowing Lending of E-Books

Kindle recently announced that it will soon allow Kindle owners to lend their e-books to their friends. Part of the statement:

“Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.” (http://amzn.to/bJgQS7)

Google Books as Public Library?

An interesting suggestion on what to do about Google’s monopoly of digitized books at Google Books Search:

“The most ambitious solution would transform Google’s digital database into a truly public library. That, of course, would require an act of Congress, one that would make a decisive break with the American habit of determining public issues by private lawsuit. The legislation would have to settle ancillary problems–how to adjust copyright, deal with orphan books, and compensate Good for its investment in digitizing–but it would have the advantage of clearing up a messy legal landscape and of giving the American people what they deserve: a national digital library equal to the needs of the twenty-first century. But it is not clear how Google would react to such a buyout” (xxix).

–Darnton, Robert. “Google and the New Digital Future.” The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future. New York: PublicAffairs, 2009. xvii-xxx.