Ghostbear wrote:LaserGuy wrote:Both of us don't need the book at once. Once I read the book, I probably won't read it again. Or, if I do, it might be five years later. Sure, I like having books on the shelf too, but that doesn't mean that if somebody asks I won't give them my copies of Lord of the Rings for a couple weeks or something. The problems that you are describing are issues that frankly never come up in the real world, or can't be overcome without a half-second's thought. Anyway, I still arguably have a (partial) copy of the book, since once I've read it, it is now stored in my memory, and can be accessed whenever I want without the physical copy being present.
"Never"? Seriously? Beyond the exaggeration, that's still completely unreasonable; people are going to talk about the book they're currently reading.
And they can still loan out the book after they've finished reading it. I don't think anybody you talk to about it is going to be so desperate to start reading it as well that they can't wait a bit for you to finish it. Hence why I say this is not a problem in the real world. I mean yes, if you're a total jerk, or your friends are total jerks, then you might not loan books to each other or be reasonable. But then, if you're that type of person anyway, you probably couldn't be bothered to send somebody an e-book either. Or, more likely, if you refuse to loan them the book, they're not going to run out and buy it--ebook or not--they're probably just going to forget about it because there's a thousand other books out there that they've been meaning to read but just haven't gotten around to yet either.
It's not like DRM actually solves any of the problems that you're talking about anyway. I can just send you the DRMed copy of the book and you can strip the DRM once you get it. Or I can strip the DRM myself, if I'm feeling nice. It's another hurdle to the process, but it's a pretty small one.