The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has signed an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell Federal eBooks. Titles are available in eBook format for Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader.
GPO works with Federal agencies to produce their publications, books, and reports in print and digital formats, including eBook formats. Approximately 30 eBook titles are available including popular titles like the Public Papers of the President-Barack Obama, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster And The Future Of Offshore Drilling (the BP Oil Spill Commission Report), the Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, and the newly released Basic Guide to Exporting from the Department of Commerce. GPO makes eBooks available in partnership with Google’s eBookstore, OverDrive, Ingram, Zinio, and other online vendors.
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(Via LJ INFOdocket.)
This is an abomination! Taxpayers have already paid for the development of this information and shouldn’t have to pay twice to gain access to government commissioned works. I see no reason why such works cannot be made available to all U.S. citizens at zero cost. It’s not as if there is a copyright or paper printing involved.