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    LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

      Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my nook, and I like the lend me feature that is offered. However, you should know, which I found to my dismay, that once you lend someone a book, you can't lend the same book to someone else. This sucks because I enjoy reading a lot, and if I find a book that I know two or three friends would enjoy and I want to lend it to them, I can't do it. B & N doesn't make this clear (LendME) and I think they should allow us to lend books as many times as possible!

       

      Also, does anyone know if the Borrow Books feature from friends is exclusive to NookColor alone?

        • 1. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

          Actually, I disagree.  They are very clear about it.  I've never even used this feature, and I already knew you could only lend a book once.  You can easily find this information if you click on the "How It Works" link on the item page of a lendable book.

          • 2. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

            Lend Me has always been like that.  This is the FAQ page, accessible from NOOK product pages; Lend Me is explained in the first question: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook-support-managing-your-library/379002489/?cds2Pid=35611

             

            At this time, the Borrow feature is exclusive to NOOKcolor.

            • 3. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

               


               

              At this time, the Borrow feature is exclusive to NOOKcolor.

               


               

               

              So that is giving us hope that it will eventually be in the Nook as well.  Correct?  Is it going to be in next week's update?

              • 4. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                Thanks for clearing that up Swan. and I agree, i do wish you could lend a book at least 3 times,, and the feature to 'borrow' someone elses book could be moved to the 'old' nook.

                 

                we can only hope!

                • 5. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                  I might be the only one to feel this way, but...

                   

                  I'm a huge fan of Lending.  I've always loaned books to friends, and borrowed them, too.  Lending works for me -- "Hey, I have this book I think you'd like to read.  Want to borrow it?"

                   

                  But, unless we are allowed to choose which books of ours are on a "public" bookshelf that our friends and relations can see, it actually makes me a little uncomfortable.  I read things that my mother doesn't need to know about.  We can include my little sister in that category, too.

                   

                  If I can initiate that transaction, fabulous.  But the other way around... no, thanks.

                  • 6. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                    I just purchased my NOOK and was very disheartened to find out that I can only lend a book one time. Does anyone know why this is the case?? I feel like if I've purchased the book, I should be able to lend it to whomever I want, however many times I want... Any feedback is appreciated.

                    • 7. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                      PChefKrissy wrote:

                      I just purchased my NOOK and was very disheartened to find out that I can only lend a book one time. Does anyone know why this is the case?? I feel like if I've purchased the book, I should be able to lend it to whomever I want, however many times I want... Any feedback is appreciated.


                      The Lendme restrictions are publisher restrictions. Publishers want to sell ebooks, not lend them. When Amazon started to lend ebooks (with the same restrictions) many publishers disabled lending for their ebooks on Amazon and unfortunately also on  B&N.

                      Most publishers for the same reason do not like to sell their ebooks to libraries. Some do not sell their books to libraries at all. Penguin recently stopped selling new ebooks to libraries.


                       

                      • 8. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising
                        gb18

                        The problem is that we do not own the book as we would a hard copy.  The notion of "buying" an ebook (at least from most "bookstores") is a fallacy.  We do not own them.

                        • 9. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                          I don't believe it's Nook Color exclusive because I have a Simple Touch and I have the LendMe feature.

                           

                          It's kind of a bummer that you can only lend it to someone once, however I'm sure the reason behind it is that lending it too often would violate copywright/distribution laws. It's kind of like buying a CD and making a bunch of copies to give to your friends.

                           

                          If you read something though that you know your friends will like you can encourage them to get it, which is more money for the author, which means the author will make enough to keep writing us some great stuff to read! :smileytongue:

                          • 10. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                            Kiana_Darkrose wrote:

                            ..., however I'm sure the reason behind it is that lending it too often would violate copywright/distribution laws. ...


                            Perhaps, but really it comes down to what nearly everything in life is all about - Money.  Any other reason about why an organization does this or anything else falls in behind Money every time.

                            • 11. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising
                              LarryOnLI

                              beeyebickiebuy wrote:

                              Kiana_Darkrose wrote:

                              ..., however I'm sure the reason behind it is that lending it too often would violate copywright/distribution laws. ...


                              Perhaps, but really it comes down to what nearly everything in life is all about - Money.  Any other reason about why an organization does this or anything else falls in behind Money every time.


                              You are absolutely correct, it is all about money.

                               

                              Your desire to keep more money in your pocket, and the authors/publishers desire to have more money in theirs.

                               

                              You might feel it is your right to freely share the electronic edition of the book you bought, but the author feels just a strongly that he should be able to put food on the table for his family this week, and the law is on his side.

                               

                              • 12. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                                As a reader, I'm all for maximum lending capabilities. Power to the people! But as a published author (Bloodthirst in Babylon, Samhain Horror), I have to come down on the side of "The Man."

                                 

                                Every "lend" is a lost sale, though I understand it's no different than tossing your friend your tattered paperback. Or borrowing a book from the library. I guess the logical compromise is the one-time lending functionality B&N built in. Or at least it keeps writers and publishers no more disgrunteld than readers. 

                                • 13. Re: LEND ME on NOOK - False Advertising

                                  I had no clue that I could only lend a book once.  And as an author, I would want my books out there.  It has been my experience that if someone likes a book and passes it on then the recipient is more likely to read a sequel or another book by the same author.  I don't think the authors are the sole reason for the limit.  As a teacher, I am disappointed.  I would like to loan these books to my students and not have to worry about losing the book forever.  That is such a struggle for teachers and books aren't cheap.

                                  • 14. Re: LendMe ideas on NOOK
                                    RHWright

                                    Hate to bump a thread with a starting subject I disagree with, but...

                                     

                                    I wonder if it's possible to allow publishers to set their own lending parameters.

                                     

                                    Sure, some want no lending, and already don't opt in to LendMe.

                                    Right now we have a model where some agree to the 1 time/2 weeks policy.

                                     

                                    Wouldn't it be nice if the more generous/enlightened publishers could make those parameters more liberal for their titles? And allow them to set it on a per title basis, if they want, with the terms clearly stated (somewhere) on the product page & receipt/confirmation.

                                     

                                    So, if publisher X likes the 1x/2w format, so be it. Publisher Y may decide to go with 3x/4w. While good ol' publisher B may make only their new release 1x/2w, but older titles 10x/3w.

                                     

                                    I would also like to see the lendability terms locked in for each customer at the time of purchase. As it is, a book may be lendable at time of purchase, but that lendability (limited as it is) may be rescinded without notice at any time, even before it has not been lent out that one time. If you bought it lendable, it should stay lendable until you've used that pre-determined number of loan-outs.

                                     

                                    This hasn't impacted me directly, but I know others that it has.

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