Competition is adding features needed. Consider this ability on the Nook by B & N:
Another potentially nifty feature is the ability to lend digital books to a friend who’s using a Nook or an iPhone or computer running Barnes & Noble’s e-reader software. If your offer to lend is accepted, the book appears on the borrower’s device for 14 days, while it’s locked on yours for the duration.
The two-week period can’t be extended, nor can the same person borrow the book again. While that lack of flexibility might be a bit of a drag, at least you’re guaranteed to get your book back. Not all publishers will let their books be lent, but Barnes & Noble says more than half of the commercial e-books in its million-title store will be available. The feature hasn’t yet launched; in testing over the weekend, I was able to borrow books, but not lend them. [More]
Think the Kindle won't add that feature soon? Me neither. Suddenly, the gripe about sharing books with friends is ended, and hard copies become less important.
Still, I dream of better coverage from Sprint for my Kindle.