All of the Big Six publishers are now working with libraries on ebook lending in some capacity, but pricing and licensing terms remain unfavorable in many cases, Saturday’s “ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?” panel at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago concluded. Meanwhile, concerns about long-term preservation of ebooks and […]
In this article, the fourth installment in a series on the initiative to build a Digital Public Library of America, I examine the underlying role of law in the ebook lending debate, explore potential solutions to the problems, and consider how the DPLA can contribute to solutions for those we serve. At the core of this issue is the way the copyright law works–or doesn’t–when it comes to books, libraries, and readers in the United States today and into the future.
Thanks to Unglue.it, it just got a lot easier to answer the question implied by the title of this post. This is because that title, written by Lauren Pressley, is now open for all because of the successful “unglue” campaign run by Gluejar, Inc. The concept is pretty simple, as it is just using the […]
I’ve noted before the efforts of the Gluejar team to “unglue” books by raising enough money to buy the permission of the copyright holder to put the book out in a special e-book edition in all sorts of formats for free. They freed their first book last June, just prior to the ALA Annual Conference. […]
I don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that the e-book market is A World of Hurt for libraries. I don’t even know where to begin in listing the litany of damage that the ebook market presents for librairies. I mean, srsly. But believe it or not, libraries are not the only ones […]
Seth Finkelstein’s blog alerted me to the fact that the case against Aaron Swartz for stealing JTSOR files had expanded from four felony counts to thirteen. The overview of the revised charges: “Between September 24, 2010, and January 6, 2011, Swartz contrived to: a. break into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT; b. access […]