Library e-book licensing: overview

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The Berkman Center’s David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey have just posted a 29-page “briefing paper” on the various models and licenses by which libraries are providing access to e-books. It’s not just facts ‘n’ stats by any means, but here are some anyway: “According to the 2011 Library Journal E-Book Survey, 82% of… Read more »

Michael S. Hart

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First, an email from Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive about Michael S. Hart: A dear friend and an inspiration unfortunately died yesterday. He dedicated his life to getting books to everyone in the world. He did this with no compensation and lived a life of near poverty. But he always shined with good cheer,… Read more »

Has HarperCollins lost its mind or its soul?

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[Note: As always with posts on this blog, authors speak for themselves. – dw] HarperCollins has changed its agreement with the main distributor of e-books to libraries: e-books will now become inaccessible after 26 checkouts. I understand publishers’ desire to limit ebook access so that selling one copy doesn’t serve the needs of the entire… Read more »