A few forward-thinking libraries in the UK have started offering ebook downloads as an alternative to borrowing physical copies of books, and the local public's reaction has been one of overwhelming enthusiasm. Seemingly attracted by the idea of being able to collect and
return books without having to actually attend the library, Brits have been eagerly joining up to the new scheme. Free downloads that last for 14 days before self-deleting can be had either in the library or at home, and transitioned onto your Sony Reader
, iRex iLiad
, or that new hotness, B&N's nook
. Naturally, the proprietary-format Kindle isn't invited to this party. We've already seen a similar initiative
in the USA, and can only hope this kind of convenience becomes mainstream before too long.