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Initial post: Jun 25, 2013 11:21:59 AM PDT
D. Nekarda says:
Can we create our own libraries to swap books with other readers?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 11:24:18 AM PDT
Dittie says:
No. You're buying a non-transferable license as per the terms of service you agreed to.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 11:24:34 AM PDT
No, the licenses are not transferable. You *could*, however, create a Facebook club or use some other social media to create a group where everyone can post their "lendable" books.

Not all books are lendable, and those that are, are lendable ONCE for a period of 2 weeks, and that's it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 11:24:51 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
No. When you buy an ebook, you buy a nontransferable license. A small percentage of books can be loaned, but if a book is lendable, it can only be loaned one time (and one time only) for no more than 14 days.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 11:26:56 AM PDT
You could form a book club that meets in person. The cost to get in is a $69 Kindle. You meet every other week, and swap Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 11:35:33 AM PDT
T. Cannon says:
I think that this is a really great idea. Once I got my first Kindle I was amazed to find out how many other people that I knew had Kindles as well. I would really enjoy a Kindle swap book club.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 11:37:08 AM PDT
Right? I would join such a club! :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 1:03:22 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
The publishers would HATE that idea...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 1:18:43 PM PDT
T. Cannon says:
I'm sure that the Publishers would prefer that everyone buy there own copy of all of the books that they publish. :-) On the other hand a kindle swap is very much akin to lending out a physical copy of the book to a family member or friend and I would think that the Publishers by now would be at least resigned to that practice. I realize, of course, that I could loan an extra Kindle to someone and still have access to the book myself on my other Kindle (one of the great advantage to e-books in my opinion) but I think that we are still at the point where most people would be less likely to loan a Kindle out than they would a paper book. Here's hoping that this little loop-hole is never closed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 1:22:50 PM PDT
Good point. I mentioned the "buy-in" of a $69 Kindle only because not everyone has an extra device. But I happen to have 2 KK's in addition to my PW. So I can loan out both of those; anyone with an extra Kindle could put that one in the swap circle.

I do wonder, too, whether the "multiple licenses" benefit will at some point be revoked.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 1:47:34 PM PDT
I do this too with my older Kindle and I'm sure the publisher's hate it. I'm just as sure I don't care. I buy the books I read and their silly rules are just that, their silly rules.

I've been buying books all my life and lending them to friends to read. That's the nature of the reading world. I have no plans to stop this. It's one of the joys of reading. If publishers force me somehow to stop it the pirates will begin to look like the more honest group to me.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 1:54:17 PM PDT
If we try to draw the parallel between DTBs and e-books and lending, it *is* different. If I wanted to read one copy, and loan out two copies of DTBs, I'd have to have purchased 3 copies. Fair enough.

But with my 3 Kindles, I can do the same, while only having purchased 1 copy of the e-book. And we can't argue the price of the Kindles into it, since the publishers don't get any of that money.

Hmmmn...I wouldn't be shocked if we end up with just *1* license in the future. Of course, I hope not, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 3:00:38 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I think Amazon would fight the 1-license thing, since that would stop people from reading the same book on their Kindle at home, then picking up where they left off on their iPhone while on the bus, or at the doctor's office, etc. They'd have to completely discontinue one of their main features of reading on the Kindle/Kindle apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 3:11:34 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
And we all know what happened last time Amazon took a stand and tried to fight the publishers. The publishers pulled their books off Amazon, the customers complained and Amazon caved in.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 3:16:24 PM PDT
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flipoid says:
I didn't say they'd win. Just that they'd probably fight it. (-:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 3:18:38 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Even a single license wouldn't stop all the benefits of a "kindle swap", and hopefully the publishers would take that into account.

For example, this last weekend I bought all of Ian Fleming's James Bond books when they were on sale for $1.99. I haven't started reading them yet, though. So, any of them would be available in this hypothetical club without exceeding a single device limitation.

Now, a more traditional book club, where everyone is reading the same book, would be affected. But, to be honest, I'd be a bit more sympathetic to the authors and publishers if several unrelated individuals share an account under those circumstances.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 3:19:32 PM PDT
King Al says:
On the other hand, the other ebook sellers (B&N, Apple, Kobo, Google, etc.) would likely support Amazon on this issue. On the Agency Model issue, Apple (obviously) and B&N were opposed to Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 3:29:14 PM PDT
True. I also have numerous books on my TBR list, and I have 2 spare Kindles.
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