The reason I buy dead trees is because I cannot loan eBooks out. Amazon has begun a baby step in the right direction (with the publishers dragged kicking and screaming) but the standard, sub-standard explanation can be found here. (That’s a reference to the original Tron movie which was great and glorious)
The question is: Once the loaned book is placed back in my library, can I loan it out again? That point is unclear from their explanation. But of course. And enough people have asked that question, that it “should be” on the FAQ for this policy, but is noticeably absent. I think they are figuring out if they really need to let you.
For me, until that question is answered, my eBook buying is limited. I’m not sure why this is such a big question because O’Reilly’s Safari does something like this, but on a global scale. No lending, mind you, but they’re all “lent” books because one checks them out and back in.
Barnes & Noble has had this feature for a year according to Tech Flash.
The reference to the kicking and screaming publishers is because “The publisher’s have the right to determine which titles are allowed to be loaned”. This is stupid, idiotic and moronic. These publisher’s have NO CLUE. What in the world do they think happens with their current dead trees? Hey CLUELESS *knock* *knock* I just gave my Guerrilla Marketing book to a friend who was flying out of town. DUH yeah now she can read it “from afar” like you are afraid the eLending will cause. No DUH. If you haven’t read the writing on the wall, dead trees are not in demand, Kindles are. And iPads and the eBook apps that have proliferated lately.
Publishers: GIVE IT UP already. This is not the Alamo, Steve at Apple and Jeff at Amazon will make you a boatload of money if you let them. They understand your customers WAY better than you. You have lost your way and these innovative companies and people are going to smash you. In fact our next book will probably bypass you and publish right to the iBook store in the modified ePub standard that Steve is championing because you all couldn’t get you act together and make a standard that allowed multimedia, and references, etc… Long Live King Steve and the Pages app (for like $80) that creates ePub ready books for you. OOO RAHH
Does anyone have faith that the publishers will catch on BEFORE they go bankrupt? I think not. The music houses haven’t caught on yet either. Direct Author/Singer/etc to Digital is here and not going to go away. Musicians are in direct contact with their fans (called Customers in business) and that relationship is AWESOME. Say it again AWESOME. The Musicians will get a much larger cut of their profits, just like the Authors will get a larger cut.
This is not to say that the publishers don’t offer something to the authors like editing, artwork, and distribution . . . . OH STRIKE the distribution word. They don’t control that anymore. They haven’t come to grips with that yet.
Long live the Trees. . . LONG LIVE THE TREES saith the faithful.
Live long and prosper Authors, musicians, and all content producers.