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How is an e-book different from a regular book?

Asked by Lonelyheart807 (1582points) October 28th, 2016

Now, I don’t mean the obvious…that one reads it on a tablet, etc., but rather as far as copyright laws and such. I started reading a book on my Kindle today, where the author had written at the front of the book that if you purchased this book, please do not lend your device to a friend so that they can read the book without purchasing it. But don’t we lend “real” books to our friends? What is the difference? Is the above request legally enforceable, or just a request from the author?

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zenvelo's avatar

If it resides on your device, you can lend your device to another person and it is no different than if you lent them a real book.

What you may not do legally is copy it electronically and give that to a friend while you retain your copy on your device. Same as you aren’t supposed to take a paper book to a copier, and run off a whole copy and give it to a friend.

Lonelyheart807's avatar

So what if I have two Kindles (which I do…I bought a bigger one to accommodate my eyes)?

chyna's avatar

How would anyone find out if you loaned your tablet out?

Darth_Algar's avatar


Amazon doesn’t really have any problem with you having copies of Kindle books you’ve purchased on multiple devices as long as those devices are all linked to the same account. In fact, they effectively encourage it.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Amazon has a mechanism for lending Kindle books to your your friends & family.

“You can lend a Kindle book to another reader for up to 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader and can read the book after downloading a free Kindle reading app.” Lend or Borrow Kindle Books

Lonelyheart807's avatar

That’s awesome, @Call_Me_Jay ! I did not know that!

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