There is a show on the Discovery Channel called Oddities about a store in New York City that sells bizarre things. A recent episode featured a client trying to sell the store a shrunken head. Ultimately, there are laws about buying and selling human remains and body parts. However, a brief conversation with a lawyer made it clear that Oddities could indeed purchase the head and sell it.
From Kindles to Nooks to iPods to iPads, it seems clear that libraries can freely purchase and lend the devices, but the content – even the apps – are handled like licensed software for one user. For personal use.
If someone can help standardize the industry or even simplify the terms on behalf of libraries, I would be grateful.