Originally Posted by Madam Broshkina
Well I am kind of disappointed by this revelation but I do not think it is stupid. From a business stand point it would not make sense to allow unlimited lending of books. One could probably get a group together of about 26 people and decide what book each one would buy and organize a lending schedule where each would share their books. Conceivably one could read for a whole year with only buying one book from Barnes and Noble (assuming one reads one book every 14 days.)
Just to be clear: you are aware that you can do that with physical books, right?
It looks like publishers are trying to use the e-book bandwagon to restrict rights we already have with physical books (and hence increase the profits), instead of trying to use the advantages of the digital era (easier delivery, no dead trees and hence no printing costs, etc.)