Originally Posted by HarryT
But you're not "loaning" it to your mother; you're creating another copy of the book and GIVING that copy to your mother. Two people have a copy of the book where only one had it before. That's the fundamental difference between an eBook and a paper book, and that's why it's piracy.
There's nothing wrong with lending your mother your reading device with the book on it - that way, only one person has the eBook, and there's no piracy.
So...in your definition, if I have a spare Kindle and loan it out to my mother with a couple hundred books on it for her to read that is somehow different from making a copy of a specific book and then loading it onto my mother's kindle? Incidentally, that first scenario is perfectly allowable under Amazon's Terms of Service. Also, now that Amazon has given us the ability to turn off access to the store and the archives, this is a scenario that I can see happening in the future--and it may be a way for smaller libraries to get around using Overdrive. Buy twenty $69 kindles, attach them to an Amazon account, and loan them out to people.