Worried that people will click to borrow an e-book from a library rather than click to buy it, almost all major publishers in the United States now block libraries’ access to the e-book form of either all of their titles or their most recently published ones.I had the opportunity to play with a new Nook Simple Touch e-reader that has been provided to us for training, but I got stuck in the set-up phase. The Nook wanted to register itself with Barnes & Noble, but was unable to connect using the library's wireless network, which, though open, has a library-access policy click-through page that the browser-less Nook can't render. I was told that someone with a basic Kindle had the same problem recently.
Higher-end devices like the Kindle Fire have browsers that can display the click-through page. M. said she would complete the set-up on the Nook at home. Then we'll see. The Nook Simple Touch is attractive, and feels good in the hand. But, as with the Kindle, it presents itself as a container for content from a single source. "Congratulations, Nook Owner! Now let's go buy some books from Barnes & Noble!" Library e-books will have to be downloaded and transferred from a PC to the Nook Simple Touch over a USB connection, apparently.
A couple of people have told me that, due to the small screen on a typical e-reader, the frequency of paging becomes tedious. M. said that it's even worse reading on a smartphone. I am beginning to think that the codex will continue to hold its own for a long time to come.
I am currently reading Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers, in a cloth edition published in 1989 by Oxford UP as part of its World's Classics series. It is finely printed and bound, a delight to hold and read. It is one of several Barsetshire novels that I added to the collection from donations in 2006.