Monday, March 14, 2011

Restrictions on library e-book lending threaten access to information

E-Books and Public Libraries

ALA Press Release http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=6517

excerpt from: BoingBoing:
American Library Association task forces to take on ebook lending
Cory Doctorow at 9:23 AM Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011
The American Library Association has struck two new task forces to investigate the future of ebooks in libraries: the Equitable Access to Electronic Content Task Force and the E-book Task Force. The objective is to come up with a nationwide, coherent strategy to address the fact that some publishers will not make their books available as lendable ebooks, while others require ebooks to be packaged in crippleware formats that self-destruct after a certain number of checkouts.

1 comment:

Jared P. Burton said...

Here is a video related to the issue of HarperCollins recent eBook policy.

What 26+ Checkouts Looks Like
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je90XRRrruM