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  1. Coda

    Coda New Member

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    Can I borrow books from the library on a e reader?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Coda, May 29, 2010.

    I had a ereader for christmas to save space as I buy a lot of books. I really love going to the library though and just taking a chance on a random book. I would love to know if Its possible to borrow books from the library on a e reader?
     
  2. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

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    That is an interesting question. You may well have to ask you local public library. I have to imagine that the answer is going to depend on that library's technological capabilities so the answer for one library may not hold up in all cases.

    Sounds like a good reason to go and chat up your local librarian. ;)
     
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    Brandon_Trotter Senior Member

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    I think the answer depends on the libary. But, I can see this being the next big step in libaries. Being able to sign out books with your e-reader could elimate late fines, bring more people to literacture, and reduce or elimanate dmages to books because of vandals.
     
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    Rei Contributing Member Contributor

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    Every library has different resources. It's no use asking us about something local when we're from all over the world.
     
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    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    I suspect the licensing agreement for e-book use would make library loans impossible to do legally. But I really don't know for certain.
     
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    Lavarian Contributing Member Contributor

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    Unless they could somehow make it so that the files automatically delete themselves after so long of a time.
    Perhaps have it linked to a password protected site on the internet. Maybe give your username access to it for a week, then remove access.
    But then- you'd have to be connected to the internet to read the damn thing...
     
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    Humour Whiffet Banned

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    I can’t see how it would work either. With books, only one person can borrow the book at once. But if there were e-books then thousands of people could borrow them for free, all at the same time.

    There’d be no need to buy books anymore.
     
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    Not really. There are a limitted number of ebooks available with a Toronto public library card.
     

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