Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Book Digitization Projects, Google, Copyright

U. of Michigan Librarian's New Blog Defends Institution's Deal With Google
I wonder how digital book collections will alter academic libraries? How soon before academic libraries are significantly impacted by digital book collections? Once the copyright issues are worked out, I suspect things will change quickly. But in the past copyright issues have been problematic in higher education. I'm not sure how this works, but I suspect that eventually an economic model in which publishers, libraries, and users will all benefit will be worked out.

1 comment:

Cyril Oberlander said...

Economic model is key here, whether it is the Amazon (Booksurge's print-on-demand or Kindle/MobiPocket model), or Google convinces publishers to allow Google's Checkout (payment system) to allow fee access to copyrighted works that generate a new revenue stream for publishers, the stakeholders of the just-in-time access economic models are simply working on the rudimentary details. The 'battles' over copyright are really bolstering positions for negotiations and confidence in a very fluid environment.
While the successes of the academic and popular models of open access publishing help to create much needed competition and diversity, the pay per view/print world of iTunes, Amazon, etc. are fast formulating the predominant information environment for users. Thankfully, there is always Wikipedia. ;-)