Have You Borrowed or Lent E-books? What Was Your Experience?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

The demand for e-books is unquestionably on the rise and e-readers and iPads were hot holiday items this past holiday season. Many libraries offer e-book lending services and have for some time, but the increasing ubiquity of devices means that these services will be even more in demand in the coming year and libraries will be put to the test. Today’s lead story discusses the e-book lending models offered to libraries by major American e-book retailers Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Have you used either of the two retailers e-book lending services, either to share a book with a friend or family member, or else to borrow a book from your local library? What was your experience? Positive? Negative? Would you do it again? Was it easy or were there too many hoops to jump through. Share your experiences and thoughts with us in the comments below.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.