walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

lending books on the kindle


I've been adding tags to my blog today (you can really tell when I'm starting to catch up on my life; I have time to exercise my OCD in more frivolous ways), and one of those tags is on this entry: mocking e-book coverage. I do a lot of that, apparently.

I've been through a few kindles. The first kindle I had didn't charge, so it doesn't count. The second kindle I had for a while, and then I bought a kindle 2 when it came out. I loaned the original kindle out (loaded up with books), which as you can imagine, makes me roll my eyes everyone says you can't loan out your e-books. Sure you can. Just loan out a kindle with e-books on it. The library in Mayberry, where I used to live, does this. Population around 5000. You'd think if they can figure this out, other people could, too.

Then I was looking at the kindle 3 and the book cover with the light. I bought a wifi one for a nephew (husband's nephew) who graduated from high school and was starting college. And I bought one for myself, because I felt so good about being generous I felt I deserved a reward (<--- joke. I bought it because I wanted it, and my gadget budget is rarely maxed out.). That meant I now had 2 functioning kindles I wasn't using, available for loan. Kindle v. 2 went to the nanny indefinitely. Again, loaded up with e-books.

Here's why I'm mocking today:

"So, what's the big deal with the new lending feature? There are plenty of situations where an employee or co-worker might need to use a given title, but not forever. Since the need is temporary, one Kindle edition can be purchased by the business and farmed out to employees on an as-needed basis."

That's just stupid. Because a _business_ doesn't have enough computers/smart phones/physical kindles all hooked up to the same account so they can use the generally 6 copies available of most titles? Lacks plausibility.

Pull the other one, Tony Bradley, contributor to PC World. It's got bells on.

Me, I'm getting a little concerned about all those kindles, and the MacBook, and the iPads and so forth. 3 kindles. 1 Macbook. 2 iPads. If I get a smartphone that lets me read kindle e-books on it, I'm going to be exercising that 6 copy limit. It will be a sad day when that happens. (<--- Sarcasm.)
Tags: e-book coverage
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