Retrospect Advocacy & Tips for the Future

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NPR: The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age #ebookrights

Hot off the airwaves! The April 4 story is here.

Action! Protect Library Funding

From ALA President Roberta Stevens: Take Action! Protect Library Funding!

Newport Beach Library: Bookless?

Newport Beach, libraries: Newport Beach considering going bookless at its original library – latimes.com.

The Time for Libraries is NOW

Libraries are Essential

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The eBook User’s Bill of Rights #ebookrights #hcod

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users. It was initiated by Sarah Houghton-Jan and Andy Woodworth. I heartily endorse and support this effort, and hope you’ll help spread the word far and wide and well beyond library land.

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights

Every eBook user should have the following rights:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks

I believe in the free market of information and ideas.

I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can thrive when readers are given the maximum amount of freedom to access, annotate, and share with other readers, helping this content find new audiences and markets. I believe that eBook purchasers should enjoy the rights of the first-sale doctrine because eBooks are part of the greater cultural cornerstone of literacy, education, and information access.

Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. Likewise, the current licensing arrangements mean that readers never possess ultimate control over their own personal reading material. These are not acceptable conditions for eBooks.

I am a reader. As a customer, I am entitled to be treated with respect and not as a potential criminal. As a consumer, I am entitled to make my own decisions about the eBooks that I buy or borrow.

I am concerned about the future of access to literature and information in eBooks.  I ask readers, authors, publishers, retailers, librarians, software developers, and device manufacturers to support these eBook users’ rights.

These rights are yours.  Now it is your turn to take a stand.
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PDF version of the eBook User’s Bill of Rights


See also
http://librarianbyday.net/2011/02/25/publishing-industry-forces-overdrive-and-other-library-ebook-vendors-to-take-a-giant-step-back/

Spread the Word: Why I Need My Library Teen Video Contest

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She wrote the book on saving libraries

PA Gov. Tom Corbett’s no-new-tax pledge means he has to figure a way to slash billions of dollars across the board from Pennsylvania’s budget, and it’s unlikely libraries will emerge unscathed. Into this breach steps janet jai of Highland Park. (She had her name legally changed to lower-case letters a long time ago, but that’s another story.) Ms. jai (pronounced like the letter J), 65, has rushed out 500 copies of a self-published, 165-page paperback book, “Saving Our Public Libraries: Why We Should. How We Can”.

Read more: in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.