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Offline Bernadette

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"Renting" Books
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:25:13 AM »
Has anybody come across this online? I saw it on Google Books: they charge three dollars or so, and you have access to the book for forty-eight hours. I couldn't believe it! I thought this sort of thing had gone out with the Victorian "circulating libraries," where customers paid a subscription to take out books. I'd never pay to rent books: I've been spoiled by free libraries. The idea of having to pay to just borrow a book seems so wrong (even though I'm perfectly okay with aying to borrow movies).

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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 09:26:03 AM »
I would pay to be part of a nice library (think of a public library, but nicer, with newer books, etc).

For only 48 hours though?  Doesn't seem worth it. 
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 09:31:58 AM »
Yeah, 48 hours is way too short. Our town library has rental books (new books by popular authors) but the rental period is for 2 or 3 weeks.
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 10:04:21 AM »
Actually, I was wrong. I just checked and rentals are only for 24 hours. Now that's downright ridiculous.
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 10:18:54 AM »
Eh, my book rentals come from the library for free. 
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 01:39:30 PM »
I've rented books on my kindle for a month from Amazon. 
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 01:53:42 PM »
I've rented books on my kindle for a month from Amazon.

Textbooks?  Or?  How come?
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 01:56:35 PM »
I've rented books on my kindle for a month from Amazon.

Textbooks?  Or?  How come?

Yeah, it was an academic work.  I only needed it for a paper and it was too expensive to buy.
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 02:06:55 PM »
I could never just rent a book, even if the rental period was long enough to read the entire thing. I like to write in my books, dog-ear the pages, etc.
 

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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 02:08:10 PM »
I could never just rent a book, even if the rental period was long enough to read the entire thing. I like to write in my books, dog-ear the pages, etc.

You wouldn't like an e-reader then.
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 02:10:08 PM »
Yeah, I super don't like them. I also like being able to flip quickly back to something I read earlier to compare it to what I just read. You know, "Oh, that symbol (or whatever) popped up earlier in the book, too; let me flip back and find it."
 

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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2014, 02:11:45 PM »
Yeah, I super don't like them. I also like being able to flip quickly back to something I read earlier to compare it to what I just read. You know, "Oh, that symbol (or whatever) popped up earlier in the book, too; let me flip back and find it."

Nerd.
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2014, 02:11:58 PM »
I've rented books on my kindle for a month from Amazon.

Textbooks?  Or?  How come?

Yeah, it was an academic work.  I only needed it for a paper and it was too expensive to buy.

:lol:

That makes sense.
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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2014, 02:16:12 PM »
Yeah, I super don't like them. I also like being able to flip quickly back to something I read earlier to compare it to what I just read. You know, "Oh, that symbol (or whatever) popped up earlier in the book, too; let me flip back and find it."

Nerd.

I mean, I'm a nerd for a living. You knew that.
 

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Re: "Renting" Books
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 02:17:09 PM »
Yeah, I super don't like them. I also like being able to flip quickly back to something I read earlier to compare it to what I just read. You know, "Oh, that symbol (or whatever) popped up earlier in the book, too; let me flip back and find it."

Nerd.

I mean, I'm a nerd for a living. You knew that.

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