Sounds like a bad library as my local library allows 6 out for 6 weeks.
Looks like the US's six main publishing houses are operating a cartel to the determent of the general public.
Amazon will lend Kindle owners a book every month as part of a new ebook borrowing scheme known as the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. The digi-library will only be available to owners of a Kindle device who also subscribe to the £49-a-year Amazon Prime programme. It is not available via the Kindle apps for Android and iPad. …
As far as I can tell, this is another new feature for Amazon Prime users, alongside streaming of video and other goodies. That is, if you are a user of Amazon.com in the United States.
UK users of Amazon.co.uk who sign up for Amazon Prime get neither of these goodies, only free one day delivery on all orders. For that they pay £49, compared to $49 dollars for the feature-laden US Amazon Prime.
So while this is certainly interesting (as indicating the way Amazon UK may go in the future), it really isn't that exciting.
If it's anything lke in the U.S., then the library will have to purchase a new copy after a set number of lendings. The number is really low (I don't recall offhand, but I think it was 20 loans) and the librarians I talked to at a book festival we had this last summer were not happy about it. I don't blame them. The costs associated with distribution for the electronic copy is miniscule to the cost of the traditional version and the library can only lend out the number of copies it's licensed.
Sadly I think this is US only - Amazon.com says "The Kindle Owners' Lending Library allows eligible U. S. Amazon Prime members who own Kindle devices to choose from thousands of books to borrow for free " and Amazon.co.uk says "Currently, we do not offer a program specifically for library lending or group sharing of Kindle content.".
A logical follow-on from Lovefilm.
Which, incidentally, *does* mean I buy fewer movies, but only fewer crap movies. I save my permanent shelf space for quality stuff.
So sure, the publishers are right: People will buy less junk; but they'll still buy the good stuff.
I still still can't figure why any sane person would part their had earned cash to purchase something that has ZERO resale value, the instant they buy it.
Ebooks are all set to eventually eradicate the secondhand book market.
Which is bad. Really bad.
People should be boycotting DRM technology, rather than adopting the onerous restrictions.
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