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Old 12-06-2009, 11:03 PM   #1
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Bezos: "No comment on the Nook, but do you know how lame lending is?"

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What do you think of the Nook, for instance, from Barnes & Noble?
We have a long tradition of not talking about other companies, which I’ll stick to.

Barnes & Noble claims on its Web site that the Nook has several advantages over the Kindle — for one thing, a Nook book can be lent to friends. You can forward the text to another user.
The current thing being talked about is extremely limited. You can lend to one friend. One time. You can’t pick two friends, not even serially, so once you’ve loaned one book to one friend, that’s it.

You have to pick just one person? What are you saying? It’s like “Sophie’s Choice”?
It is “Sophie’s Choice.” Very nicely done.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/ma...er=rss&emc=rss

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Old 12-06-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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And yet, the Kindle has no lending.

I'll take lame lending over no lending any day.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:31 PM   #3
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:45 AM   #5
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I didn't really expect him to praise the competition either. Thorny question for Mr Bezos, lame answer ...
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My understanding is that B&N would like readers to be able to lend books more than once, but the publishers won't allow it--some won't allow any lending at all. However, since the capability is on the device, perhaps they are hoping that customers will demand more liberal lending policies, and the size of the B&N-reader cohort will make the publishers more amenable to the idea. But I could just be a crazy dreamer.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:05 AM   #7
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the publishers won't allow it--some won't allow any lending at all.
And BN knew this could happen when they started trumpeting it as a big difference maker between the Nook and the Kindle.

Why didn't they fight for the customers...instead of hoping the customers would fight for themselves?
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:42 AM   #8
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what makes you think they didn't fight for the customers? we wouldn't know. mainstream publishers are the worst part of the entire reading - and ereading - experience. they're ignorant, greedy and outdated, but at least they maintain a high level of stubbornness

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And BN knew this could happen when they started trumpeting it as a big difference maker between the Nook and the Kindle.

Why didn't they fight for the customers...instead of hoping the customers would fight for themselves?

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Old 12-07-2009, 05:49 AM   #9
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We have a long tradition of not talking about other companies, which I’ll stick to, except if you ask me again
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:56 AM   #10
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Hmm, Mr Bezos was a little defensive in that interview!! Rude even. Was there a reason for this? Has he a history with the interviewer?
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:34 AM   #11
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I'm no fan of Bezos or Amazon but you have attributed the quote "No comment on the Nook, but do you know how lame lending is?" to him in your thread title, and it is not in the news article referenced.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:09 AM   #12
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rude and sarcastic is pretty much par for the course in regards to Bezos but Sophie's choice is a kinda funny shot. Hey, it isn't his job to be fair and partial. He is the Amazon guy.

Industry rumor has it that Barnes and Noble originally wanted a much more robust LendMe program - as in the user may lend this book out over and over but only one reader at a time will have the book. Publishers balked like no tomorrow and Barnes and Noble had to keep scaling back to get any agreement.

As it stands right now current estimate is about "half" the Barnes and Noble digital titles are lendable but there is no news on which half..... are these ancient backlists with little interest anyway or new releases? It is very hard to get answers and from what I hear Barnes and Noble is still pushing hard with the various Publishers to get them to participate.
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I think people are going to get frustrated with the lending feature anyhow. As it is You can share books with the devices on the same account. All you have to do it put a Kindle on an account, send a book, and put it back on your account and you are good to go
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:51 AM   #15
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rude and sarcastic is pretty much par for the course in regards to Bezos but Sophie's choice is a kinda funny shot. Hey, it isn't his job to be fair and partial. He is the Amazon guy.
The "Sophie's Choice" line was made by the reviewer, Bezos just appreciated it.
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