Book rental service

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Book lending[edit]

Libraries have been lending books to the public for thousands of years.[citation needed] Generally in the US, public libraries are non-profit organizations, offering book lending services free to their patrons and are generally funded through taxes and donations.[citation needed] Private libraries usually require a subscription or membership to the library (paid or unpaid).[citation needed]

Book rentals[edit]

Before the industrial revolution, books were too expensive for commoners to buy, and there were businesses which made profit by renting out books for a fee. Kashi-hon in Japan was one of such businesses.

In heavily industrialized nations, for-profit book rental services started to lend physical books, audiobook CDs, and audiobook MP3s through an online (website) interface after popularization of the World Wide Web.[citation needed] Most companies send books to consumers through the mail on an à la carte basis or utilize monthly subscriptions.[citation needed] Following the popular Netflix model for video rental, many book companies have applied features such as unlimited rentals, free shipping, and no late fees to their book distribution services.[citation needed]

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