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The difference is a matter of scale. I believe the loaning of books is allowed the same way you could loan out a physical book to a friend, etc. Loaning out a digital book to n people is just not the same. Likewise, libraries, which do loan out physical books to n people (but still less than is possible with a digital loan), pay more for their books for this very reason. If you want to loan out your digital book to n people, then you are going to have to pay a lot more for it (and that is just not part of the current equation).



IIRC, you can only loan a Kindle book exactly once and to one person.

They're being unreasonable and pushing people who cared enough to to jump through that to just buy or pirate it.

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Yup, each buyer can only loan each book 1 time. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=2... And only on books where the author explicitly allows, which makes this takedown even sillier.

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Theres a bunch of cases where physical book costs less than the ebook. Most are roughly the same. I assume margins are greater on ebooks as well, no cost to print them, no transportation cost, no shipping cost.

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