So can libraries loan a Kindle, or not?
The Magic 8-Ball seems to still be saying, "Answer unclear, try again later."
This gets at the heart of the ongoing debate also taking place in other areas of the entertainment industry, most notably music and movies. The format content is in shouldn't change what you can do with it--or should it? Do libraries have to stick with printed books, or with comparatively unwieldy digital library services (I love NetLibrary, but forget trying to use it to read a novel)? Or wait for a reading device as cool as the Kindle apparently is, with equally cool use rights?
The Magic 8-Ball says: Stay tuned.