Written by Gail Farrelly

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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Shakespeare had it right: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be . . ."

Kindles, Amazon's electronic readers, are in a snit. They are appalled that Amazon has announced, ". . . later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users."

The Kindle reaction was swift and negative. They are completely unimpressed with this feature. "Big Whoop!" one of them commented.

Kindles feel that the result of the lending-of-books feature will be more work for them with no increase in pay. One Kindle complained, "We're already working 24/7 to serve our owners, but now we'll be getting even more work. Not only will we have to deliver the borrowed books, but we'll also be responsible for returning them to the original owners after 14 days. What a drag. What are we, lending libraries?" The Kindles are also concerned about their owners, who may not all be into the sharing thing. As one Kindle pointed out, "Now our owners will be pestered by greedy friends and relatives wanting to borrow their books. What a disgrace!"

Head Kindle Hedda shook her head from side to side with disgust, sighed, and said "Oy." Then she added that Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, had probably never read Shakespeare. "He doesn't even know," she said sadly, "what Polonius said in Hamlet: Neither a borrower nor a lender be . . ."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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Topics: Kindles, Amazon




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