This is the type of issue that is a bit too long for a tweet (although I tried…). Amazon has recently announced the possibility to lend Kindle books. So, if you own a Kindle book you can, for a while, make it available for your friends. But one feature is strange: while your book is on loan you cannot access your own book! What Amazon does is to desperately recreating the facilities that one is used to with printed books in the electronic world (even the prices are comparable, ie, a Kindle book is not really cheaper than its printed equivalent). This is really strange: e-books are a new medium, embrace it!
January 1, 2011