[A2k] New York Times: As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date

Claude Almansi claude.almansi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 15 09:33:08 PDT 2011

Thanks, Thiru. Cory Doctorow also wrote about this HarperCollins'
built-in decay of library e-books last week:
"Ebooks: durability is a feature, not a bug - HarperCollins' attempt
to ensure ebooks in libraries can only be loaned out 26 times is
indefensible" <http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/08/ebooks-harpercollins-26-times>:

"...Whether a HarperCollins book has the circulatory vigour to cope
with 26 checkouts or 200, it's bizarre to argue that this finite
durability is a feature that we should carefully import into new
media. It would be like assuming the contractual obligation to attack
the microfilm with nail-scissors every time someone looked up an old
article, to simulate the damage that might have been done by our
careless patrons to the newsprint that had once borne it. ..."



2011/3/15 Thiru Balasubramaniam <thiru at keionline.org>:
> March 14, 2011
> As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date
> Imagine the perfect library book. Its pages don’t tear. Its spine is
> unbreakable. It can be checked out from home. And it can never get lost.

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