01-17-2011 03:47 AM
Exactly. We were not talking about lending books. Amazon has ruined that feature to a great extent, but it never was a feature for all books anyway. Sharing works for all books and magazines. I don't know about newspapers, though.
How did Amazon ruin it? The blame should go to the publishers. If they dislike lending that much, they should have not allowed Amazon to start up their feature instead of pulling out of
The publishers did not just pull out of B&N's feature, they basically have dropped it altogether. Not all publishers, but the usual suspects. And it happened just after Amazon announced this "ability" for Kindles.
Conspiratorial minds may think Amazon realized this and it is the case that publishers are re-thinking this widespread use and are at a point where they are trying to see what a paying market will bear as far as cost. And if Amazon can remove some of the features that even have Kindle owners thinking about nooks or NCs as having something better, then they most definitely would do it.
BTW, on Amazon kindle owners are finding very few lendable books as well.