If Apple gets their way, they’ll soon control the book business in much the same way they’ve taken over the music business. And Apple is pretty good at controlling businesses; they’ve just sued Samsung to stop distribution of the Google Galaxy Nexus, using this ridiculous patent.
I guess that’s why Penguin Books is making it harder to borrow their titles electronically.
Ostensibly, Penguin makes a good point: if they don’t have the rights to distribute books in a certain way, they’d best not do it. And assuming Penguin is telling the truth … well, the conversation and any criticism of Penguin over the move can stop right there. Penguin’s made a business decision. Got it.