P-books to e-books: The ethics of downloading and the legality of scanning

By Chris Meadows
April 6, 2010 // 0 Comments

I first heard about this story via Mike Shatzkin in a lengthy piece at his Idea Logical blog, then in a shorter piece by Mike Masnick at TechDirt. Since then, I’ve seen it crop up in a number of different places, and it’s just too beguiling an issue not to discuss. An ethicist at the New York [...]

Library of Congress gets new, public, newspaper scanner

By Paul Biba
April 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

The new scanner, made by book2net, is the only one of its kind in the US, but there are others in Canada at two other locations. The machine, originally designed for use in the reading rooms of the British Library, was manufactured in Germany. It can capture a JPEG image of an entire newspaper page [...]

Daniel Reetz on book scanning

By Paul Biba
March 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

Daniel Reetz- an artist and a Ph.D student studying visual neuroscience – recently developed a high-speed book scanning system using open source technology, cheap cameras, and garbage (which we covered here). Now Harvard has a video of a talk by him at the Berkman Center for Internet & [...]

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