Originally Posted by shawn99
I understand DRM etc. but why does it matter how many copies of the book(s) are checked out? Why do people have to wait for these books to show up the virtual shelf. The whole point of virtual library and e-books is instant and convenient consumption?
For the same reason that when you buy 1 copy of Microsoft Word it can only be used by one person, or installed on 1 machine. Because that is what you legally agreed to.
A single purchased digital copy of a book has to be treated the same way as a physical book. Only 1 person can use it at a time. You are not allowed to Xerox it so others can read it to... that is a copyright violation!
I'm not sure why this is "hard to wrap your head around"!?