Originally Posted by Boston
I don't see the difference between renting book and borrowing from the library...except the latter is free
Well, you would be renting, not from your limited public library catolog but from possibly the entire Amazon catalog-HUGE difference.
You borrow DVDS from the library too- but that hasn't stopped the blossoming of a vibrant movie rental/streaming business.
Amazon could certainly build a business based on the convenience of renting a wide variety of books for download with the click of a mouse.