The Sony Reader has way more to offer then just library books. A lot of people with Sony Readers don't have access to digital libraries and if they do, they usually have very little content. I live in Atlanta and I've never checked out an ebook from any Georgia libraries. With that said, these publishers are really encouraging piracy. Many people are not able to buy books and count on the libraries (that's one place your property taxes go to). I think it's a bad move and at the end they will lose.