While there are plenty of reasons to like an e-reader, one of the big promises is the ability to borrow ebooks from a library. For some, this concept is the Holy Grail of the whole ebook premise. Just think of it. Being able to borrow any book, any time you want; you wouldn’t even have to physically trudge to the library to do so. No ratty dead tree books that are missing pages or even worse despoiled by some unidentified, but decidedly nasty splotches that a previous patron thoughtfully left behind.
No being subjected to ‘clever’ graffiti or notes in the margins, no worries about catching a debilitating disease that you’re convinced is lurking within a particularly worn-looking book and no late fees. In fact, no returns at all. The borrowed ebook will automagically return itself when time is up, saving you having to lug it to the library and feed it into the return slot. Sweet!
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