Right. I don't have any of those. If I did, those probably wouldn't be lenders. I probably wouldn't have read them myself. They'd still be in wrappers.Think of it as lending out a leather-bound limited edition book.
Also it's unlikely that I would limit every book I buy to such an edition. Especially since, with e-books, you won't ever luck into purchasing a first edition that's worth any more than what you paid. In short, no small chance of ever getting your money or even a portion of it back, or being able to consider the book an investment, however unlikely of a return.
No. I have given books away to friends, though. In some cases it's kindled (*cough*) an urge in the other reader to read more by that writer, and then that reader becomes a buyer of the writer's books.Or, think of it this way: if you send a friend a copy of an ebook file, you are doing the same thing legally as though you Xeroxed a whole book and handed the Xerox copy to your friend. Would you ever consider that such a thing would be legal? Probably not.
Well, not quite. First, I trust most anyone with something that cost under $20, but a lot fewer people with something over $100. Call it a sliding scale. Second, I've never loaned anyone my entire library of books at one time.But when you hand your friend your physical Kindle, it is legally the same as handing over the physical book. If you don't trust that friend with your Kindle, then you probably shouldn't trust em with your book either.