LACUNY Emerging Technologies Event: Electronic Books and Electronic Readers: Emerging Issues and Questions

The Rights of Readers and the Threat of the Kindle

This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our "solution" to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles.-- Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO,

What happens to our rights as readers when books go digital? Librarian Alycia Sellie and technologist Matthew Goins will challenge the status quo of book digitization and argue that current digitization projects rob readers of well-established rights that they have held historically with print. More than just an issue of convenience, we will outline what changes when books go from print to restricted digital format. We will examine restrictive licensing agreements and closed technologies used in current digitization projects that deny readers long-held rights of fair use. Sellie and Goins will examine those private corporations who have invested in digital book projects and whether their principles are something that we as librarians, consumers and informed readers should accept or avoid.

Recordings and further information about this event are now up at:

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd><s>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Powered by Drupal, an open source content management system