Thursday, April 23, 2009

Will Kindle Spell the End of Book Lending?

I don't know about you, but when I've finished reading the last line of a fantastic book, the first thing I want to do is share it with someone.

Between my mom and several friends, we've got a constant stream of books in circulation. I've discovered some wonderful new writers this way, but I'm in danger of ruining our system.

My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas, but since Amazon had such a long wait-list, I didn't receive my Kindle 2 until the end of March.  While I enjoy the device, its two biggest drawbacks are lack of recent releases available for purchase and the inability to  lend a great book to a friend. 

Sure, I could pass along the whole Kindle. I trust my friends to care for it, but it's not quite the same as lending a paperback. Not only that, but I no longer have those gently-used books to donate to the library. Thus, I'm, still feeling quite ambivalent about the Kindle. 

Who do you pass completed books on to? Do you have rules such as the book needs to be returned or that you'd like the person to continue passing it on?

Do you put your name in books you lend? 

Do you think these portable, computerized books are going to reduce your ability to lend and receive?