Originally Posted by Hellmark
Odd. In the US, public libraries are free. You check out a book, you have a week or two to read it, and only if you do not return it in time do you have to pay (usually like a dime or something a day).
eBooks from Public Libraries simply time out using DRM so you don't have to return it. And you can even check it out from your home if you have a library card. At least that is the way most work.