Does anyone know of a site(s) where you can rent books? For a limited period, like a couple of weeks? I check books out from the library and sideload them into my Nook reader app, but the new popular books have a long waiting list. New popular books are usually way overpriced to buy for a year or so, especially considering that they are only a few hundred kb of data that you transfer electronically and access with your own hardware. I am all for intellectual property rights, and believe that authors deserve to be paid well for their work. I don't believe that electronic books should cost the same as hardbacks though.
I'm with you on the iPad being too big of a reader, Major. However, my iPad mini is a great sized reader. I gave my son my iPad and bought a mini for that reason.