Students are already renting hardcover textbooks.  They get 'em in the mail, and they mail 'em back at the end of the semester.  

I'm thinking that maybe the question is more a licensing-type question.  As in, if the publishers will allow rentals of textbooks... is there an upper limit of how many times that textbook can be rented?  What's the difference when circulating an e-book at the library?

I guess the difference is that the publisher is earning money for each rental, and not for each circ.

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Subject: Re: Amazon to rent textbooks

I think the library can be involved buy making sure they know how to use
Kindles and Kindle apps on other technology platforms, to let their patrons
know about the service, and to also know what other resources
are available on the Kindle, - for example, the library may have several
e-books where patrons can download PDFs of the chapters to their Kindles.

E-Books are here to stay and so are e-readers, it's time librarians get on
board. When we think about the library let's try to think like a company
that is still around and not like Borders.

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM, Pamela Richards <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Interesting.  So what does this mean for libraries?
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