I apologize for my tardiness, but as I was writing this post last night our power went out and with it the cable for the internet.
First the Rant
What the heck is going on with Google/Blogger? First we had the Disappearing Thursday a few weeks ago, and now we have the Great Commenting Puzzle. In some respects, this one is even worse than the disappearing act. When the Thursday posts disappeared it happened to everyone, but the posts came back after a couple of days. This Blogger Crisis, however, is a completely different kettle of fish. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
1. It’s not happening to every Blogspot blog or Google Account
2. Some people are having trouble logging into their Google account
3. Some people are having trouble logging into their Blogger account
4. Some people can’t do either.
5. Some people a Google Account ID are unable to comment on Blogspot blogs
6. Google has been “looking into the problem” for about a week now.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I can at least post to my blogs. However, I can’t comment on other Blogspot blogs unless the comments come up in a popup window. Here’s what happens: I write my comment, select Google Account as my profile, click on post comment, and get taken to the Google login page. I fill in my name and password and click sign in and it takes me into a loop of having to write my comment again and going to the Google sign-in page.
I take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone in this. AND I finally figured out I can still comment on these blogs if I choose Name/URL instead of Google under Select Profile.
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As you probably know, I’ve been really enjoying my brand new e-reader, George (he’s a Kindle, in case you were wondering). That’s not to say I’ve abandoned print books – I have way too many of them to do that, it’s just sometimes an e-reader is a lot more convenient than a print book.
So far I only have a couple of full price books on there, one that was given to me, one that I clicked on by accident, and one that was the second in a series and I just couldn’t wait until it was discounted to find out what happens next. I have to admit that the majority of books on George are either free or under $5. If they cost more than that I figure I might as well get them in print.
Which brings me to the point of this piece. If I read a hard-copy book and enjoy it so much that I want to share it with a friend, I simple get my friend to sign a document swearing to take care of it as if it were their first-born child and lend it to them. They, in turn, will read it and then return it to me in pristine condition (and in doing so will live to see another day).
However, with an e-reader you are not able to do this. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but morally and ethically we’re told it shouldn’t be shared. As an author I understand the reason for this. An e-book is all too easy to copy, thus bilking the author of their royalties.
Libraries have found a way around this. You can borrow an e-book from the library in the same way that you can borrow a print book, however at the end of your two weeks it simply disappears from your e-reader. I’ve never done this myself and I have no idea how they do this, but I’ve also heard of e-book lending clubs springing up all over the internet that work in a similar fashion.
What I’d like to know is, what do you think of the whole e-book lending issue? Have you/would you borrow an e-book? Why or why not?