A friend and colleague just forwared me this posting. It's from failblog.org.
"Was just thinking. my sister does -alot- of reading, and spends like $1000 a year on just books alone. Most of them she reads once then never looks at again. Is there any kind of like…video rental store but for books? Would make things alot cheaper, plus once one person had read one the next person can get enjoyment from it etc."
It's called a library and this is why librarians need to A) market and B) get out of their libraries and into their communities!