ibook aftermarket? Can I buy and sell my ibooks?

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    I am a reading freak. I read just like a mouse eats crackers.

    I buy books, read them, then sell them, then use those proceeds to buy more books. That way, I can get new books when they come out, but not clutter my library or tie up my capital in them.

    So, I want to do the same with my ibooks. I want to buy them, read them, and sell them.

    I can't find an ibook aftermarket. Can you buy used ibooks? Corrolary, can you sell them? Is there a medium that is currently already doing this? Or do I need to create one?

    Thanks!
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    There is no degradation of use therefore there is no aftermarket.

    That's like selling used mp3s.

    Sorry.
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    Try gutenberg.org.... that site has everything!
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    I am pretty sure the answer is no. According to the FAQ on the Apple website, you can not "gift" iBooks so even if you legitimately wanted to buy a book for someone else, this is not allowed. Sorry. I feel your pain.
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    so much for the trading of books with friends and family. leave them my ipad for a week? yeah right
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    When buying an ebook it's like you're renting it instead. You don't own an ebook like you do the paper a book is printed on. Although in both cases you don't own the content...
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    so the answer is no, but i liked the part of the mouse and the crackers hahaa :D
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    Yea it is like a real book, you have to hand them the physical book. If there was a mechanism to transfer the license insuring that you could not keep reading the book after the transfer then maybe. It's the same for all ebook readers I am aware of.
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    Doesn't the kindle app let you lend books...I think the kindle device does.
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    From Amazon's website:

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    Yes. And the Nook. It was fun to do that, I have to admit. Still like my ipad better.:D
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    But through all this there's an alternative. You can get library ebooks in certain places but I can't comment on this because I've never tried.
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    Nope. Or should I say NOPE!

    My wife daughter, sister-in-law and I all have kindles on separate accounts. You cannot share books purchased through the Kindle store. You can have devices on the same account and they can all have the same book, but you cannot sell or lend books to others.
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    All of the library systems I know of use Adobe Digital Editions for lending out their ePubs and that is a Flash-based system so it will not work on an iPod, iPad or iPhone.

    However... some say that it is possible to "unwrap" the ADEPT (Adobe Digital Experience Protection Technology) from these books which will leave them as plain old ePubs that just about any reader can read, including iBooks.
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    Thanks for the info on the format used.
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    Yup. I got mine from our local library. Free. Very cool. But I can't recall how I did it as it was on my Nook. Which I sold on CL for $150 when I got my iPad.:D
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    Thank you all for your messages.

    I am a disappointed mouse. ;-( Hopefully some competitor will provide me a new lever to press at some point where I can rent a book for 3 weeks and pay $2 instead of $17 to rent it forever.
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    Actually, yes, its the nook that has book lending.

    My mom has one of those...I couldn't remember which one it was.
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    Yeah, this is the biggest drawback I have found with ebooks. With a real book, you can pass it on when you are done, with ebooks, everyone has to buy their own copy. I guess that would be fine if the books were all half the price, but they arent.
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    You can't remember which mom???

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