thebian writes: Amazon announced yesterday that it would allow 11,000 libraries in the U.S. to lend ebooks. The press release doesn't say exactly when this will start. The Reuters story notes Amazon is trying to speed the adoption of the Kindles. If people are slow to flock to the device the reason is the high prices the publishers cling to. Amazon itself sometimes undercuts Kindle prices, and almost always some booksellers on the Amazon Marketplace undercut the Kindle. There's no indication about what books might be offered through this program. Last month, Amazon moved against the lending service, Lendle. Here's Slashdot's account.
"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers."
-- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a
particularly vivid fantasy)