One of the arguments that I have often heard in favor of e-books/ e-readers is how convenient they are. Now I would like to share the following conversation I had with my brother yesterday via text message.
Me: Hey, was that book, Shit My Dad Says, worth picking up?
Brother: I really enjoyed it. Very quick read.
Me: Who wrote it?
Brother: Justin Halpern
Me: Thanks! I’ll let you know if I get it or just decide to steal yours.
Brother: I got the eBook, so I am not sure if it is lendable.
Me: Ha! Fine then. Stupid eBooks…
This conversation did bring up an aspect of e-books to which I hadn’t given much thought. Can they be lent or borrowed? I’m really asking. I’ve seen options on the Chicago Public Library website for the borrowing of e-books, but what about sharing books among friends with e-readers? Do you have to have the same device or can an e-Book for Kindle work on a Nook or iPad as well? Is it like purchasing a song from iTunes, where the purchaser’s authorization is required to open the file on a different computer and only x number of times? What about software and model updates?! Holy cow, I just wanted to borrow a book.
To my knowledge my brother doesn’t even have an e-reader but he does have a fancy iPhone, which makes e-books slightly less exclusive than I previously thought. Even so I am still out of the loop, as my phone is the size of a pack of gum with a screen I could blot out with my thumbprint. The thought of reading a book on my Juke is a joke. I think I’ll keep things old school; and if you ever want to borrow a book from me we’ll do it in under ten seconds, from my messenger bag to yours.