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#1 Rick Spilman

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:18 AM

It was announced recently that Amazon will allow Kindle books to be shared, provided the publisher/rights holder agrees.

Amazon: 14-Day Lending Coming to Kindle “Later This Year”

Over the holidays I learned a simpler way for couples to share Kindle books. My nephew's wife has a Kindle and bought a Kindle for him for Christmas. The second Kindle came registered to her account, so any ebook purchased under that account can be accessed by either Kindle. (When I bought my wife a Kindle it came registered as "Rick's second Kindle." I immediately registered it to my wife's account. I am obviously not as smart as my nephew and his wife.)

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:01 PM

Depending on the terms of any DRM involved, though, this official "lending" function would be the legal way to do so without violating copyright. I know in some cases, DRM allows a single user to load the same content on up to five devices (for example), but I'm not sure whether e-book DRM statements include any language like that. Also, to have it registered under my account if I weren't really the one using/reading the content would be ethically (if not legally) shady. Would it ever get prosecuted? Probably not. But I like to color inside the lines.

Again, the Nook had this capability pretty much from the beginning. :wink:
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:17 PM

Again, the Nook had this capability pretty much from the beginning. :wink:


Yup. But with fewer real books to choose from and often higher prices.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:26 PM

Yup. But with fewer real books to choose from and often higher prices.


What do you mean by "real"? And I still have my suspicions about the "Amazon has more e-books than B&N" claim. If it includes self-published, okay, Amazon DTP has been operating significantly longer than B&N's PubIt!, and not everyone is savvy enough to use Smashwords. But I've still never had a problem finding any given e-book at both sites, and when the prices aren't the same (which they usually have been for the books I look at), they're usually within less than a dollar of each other.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 07:33 PM

What do you mean by "real"? And I still have my suspicions about the "Amazon has more e-books than B&N" claim. If it includes self-published, okay, Amazon DTP has been operating significantly longer than B&N's PubIt!, and not everyone is savvy enough to use Smashwords. But I've still never had a problem finding any given e-book at both sites, and when the prices aren't the same (which they usually have been for the books I look at), they're usually within less than a dollar of each other.


B&N made claims about having a large catalog than Amazon but most were public domain books which were in fact available to Amazon readers as well. Whatever your suspicions may be I think it is pretty well documented that Amazon has more current titles that B&N which is still making its fairly meaningless claim of 1 million e-books.

And even if B&N e-books are only a dollar or so higher than Amazon's, they are still more expensive as are its paper books for that matter.

Not Yet the Season for a Nook

“Over one million titles?” Yes, but well over half of those are junky Google scans of free, obscure, pre-1923 out-of-copyright books, filled with typos. (They’re also available for the Kindle, but Amazon doesn’t even count them).

Fact is, Amazon’s e-book store is still much better. Of the current 175 New York Times best sellers, 12 of them aren’t available for Kindle; 21 are unavailable for the Nook.

Kindle books are less expensive, too. Inkmesh.com studied the top-selling 11,604 books for early November, and found that 74 percent of the time, Amazon offers the lowest-priced e-books (cheaper than B&N or Sony) by an average of 15 percent.



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