Court of Justice of European Union rules libraries can digitize without permission

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued a judgment that European libraries can digitize books in their collections without the copyright-holder’s consent – so long as this is done for dedicated reading points within the library. This follows the case [...]

Writer objects to Spare Rib digitization project’s imposition of a Creative Commons license

By libertyc
December 21, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’re familiar with Creative Commons as a tool for granting creators more freedom to choose what permissions they want to grant readers of their work. But even a tool for freedom can become constrictive if its use is required, and that seems to be the case with the project to digitize content of [...]

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Personal Ledger Now Online

By libertyc
April 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

The general public now has a rather unusual chance to see how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mind worked when it came to some of the not-quite-literary aspects of his life. His handwritten financial ledger has been digitized and put on the University of South Carolina’s website, where anyone can access [...]

Digitizing the Backlist

By libertyc
April 22, 2013 // 7 Comments

Publishers Weekly approaches the subject of the digital backlist with a fresh angle in a recent blog: They compile a list of the best-sellers of yesteryear and then see how many they can find Kindle editions for. The results? “Looking through PW’s archives at the top 25 bestselling books [...]

The Associated Press is digitizing its corporate archives

By Dan Eldridge
April 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

This is something of a big story for old-school news geeks: Two days ago, an organization known as Gale, which is part of the Kentucky-based Cengage Learning, a digital solutions provider, announced an agreement with the Associated Press to digitize [its] corporate archives, “including [...]

What the ReDigi case might mean for Amazon's used content plans

By libertyc
April 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

Numerous websites have been reporting on the latest twist in the ReDigi case (for example, here on Paid Content). The case sets an important potential precedent for other business plans involving the sale of digital content. I know Amazon has contemplated a move into this area, and I wonder if [...]

Popular Mechanics Predicts the Future of Digital Reading

By libertyc
December 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

Over on the Popular Mechanics website, a fantastic roundup article appeared a few weeks back featuring 110 Predictions  For the Next 110 Years, organized by decade. This being Popular Mechanics, the majority of the entries are, of course, science- and tech-based. There are some interesting [...]

The Power of Local Resources….Untapped Potential for Your Library?

By Tony Bandy
February 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

While libraries everywhere are scrambling to come up with an ebook plan that can satisfy both their patrons as well as their long-term organizational goals, sometimes the greatest resources they can offer are already in their libraries.  What’s this?  Simply put, it’s the utilization of their [...]

Trading in paper books for e-books: Is it possible?

By libertyc
February 5, 2012 // 4 Comments

In my email this morning, I received a notice from Quora that I had been invited to submit an answer for the following question: Are there any services or business models in which one can trade paperback or hardcover books for digital books, without having to pay full price again? After typing my [...]

Public-domain digitization projects increasingly have restrictive terms of use

By libertyc
December 30, 2011 // 10 Comments

Digitization of public-domain works is a good thing, right? Most literature fans would be quick to agree. However, Glyn Moody writes on Techdirt that some of the new public digitization projects have terms and conditions that seem to be right out of the dark ages. The Cambridge University’s [...]

Archivists ask Obama to consider digitizing all government records

By libertyc
December 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

John D. Podesta and Carl Malamud (of FedFlix) have written an open letter to President Obama calling upon him to launch an initiative to find out what it would take to scan and post the entire contents of the public-domain government archives so that more people would have access to them. Imagine [...]

Obama orders government agencies to develop record digitization plans

By libertyc
November 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

President Obama has issued a 3-page memo directing government agencies to start using electronic record management. Digitizing records will provide better archives for future generations to study, and will also help reduce costs. Another goal is to give the general public better digital access to [...]

Japanese company Bookscan expands budget scanning operations to American shores

By libertyc
August 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch has a piece on a startup called 1DollarScan, a scanning and digitizing company that is offering extremely inexpensive scanning and digitizing services. An expansion of a similar operation in Japan called Bookscan, 1DollarScan’s prices start at $1 for digitizing ten photos or 100 pages [...]

Earliest known map of Medieval Britain now online

By libertyc
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Bodleian Library at Oxford University: A fifteen-month research project of the earliest surviving geographically recognizable map of Great Britain, known as the Gough Map, provides some revealing insights into one of the most enigmatic cartographic pieces from the Bodleian collections. The [...]

Wellcome Library and ProQuest team up to digitize 15,000 rare books

By libertyc
July 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

From The Wellcome Library Blog: As part of the Wellcome Digital Library pilot project, we’re joining forces with ProQuest to digitise over fifteen thousand volumes from our rare book collection. They will be made available through ProQuest’s new Early European Books (EEB) database – a sister [...]

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