Amazon's Bezos Compares Nook eBook Sharing To Sophie's Choice

Meow! Amazon's Jeff Bezos is on the warpath against Barnes & Noble's Nook, specifically its eBook lending feature. In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, he pulled no punches with some masterful hyperbole:

"The current thing being talked about is extremely limited. You can lend to one friend. One time. You can't pick two friends, not even serially, so once you've loaned one book to one friend, that's it...It is 'Sophie's Choice'," he told the Times.

Ah, but to lend once is better than never, right Jeff? As the BusinessInsider speculates, this could be Bezos positioning us for multiple Kindle lending options in the future.

Smart positioning, if true, but to compare the Nook's one-friend-only sharing feature to an utterly depressing Nazi concentration camp movie? Surely, we can find something more depressing to compare that movie to. How about we compare it to what happens to Amazon's bottom line when it sells an eBook? [NYT Magazine via BusinessInsider via Silicon Alley Insider's Twitter]

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