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Occam’s Reader: An Interview | The Scholarly Kitchen


Occam’s Reader: An Interview | The Scholarly Kitchen.

Well, I’m very glad that any effort is being made to enable inter-library sharing of e-books.  This has long been a problem festering between libraries and publishers, and it is high time we address it with solutions rather than talk.

However, this solution does not directly address the “tension (concerning) first sale doctrine and copyright.”  Here is the response from the interviewees, developers of this solution:

There has been a lot of talk lately in academic libraries about ebooks and the first sale doctrine. We believe that the lack of first sale coverage for ebooks is a practical matter rather than a theoretical issue. However, without a viable alternative model that demonstrates exactly how the lack of first sale coverage is a real-world issue, libraries have not had a need to confront such an important shift in the role of ebooks in the academic library. The increased use of the Occam’s Reader system of loaning ebooks through ILL will demonstrate the practical importance of the first sale doctrine with ebooks.

Ummm, how?  This solution works within the current model of licensing with permission to ILL.  I don’t understand how implementing Occam’s Reader will do anything but further solidify the licensing model by solving the ILL problem.  Am I being too critical?

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