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Title    Authors Fume as Online Library “Lends” Unlimited Free Books
Date    Thursday April 02 2020, @08:28AM
Author    Fnord666
Topic   
from the writers-gotta-eat dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/01/2347235

upstart writes in with an IRC submission for SoyCow8162:

Authors fume as online library "lends" unlimited free books:

For almost a decade, the Internet Archive, an online library best known for its Internet Wayback Machine, has let users "borrow" scanned digital copies of books held in its warehouse. Until recently, users could only check out as many copies as the organization had physical copies. But last week, The Internet Archive announced it was eliminating that restriction, allowing an unlimited number of users to check out a book simultaneously. The Internet Archive calls this the National Emergency Library.

Initial media coverage of the service was strongly positive. The New Yorker declared it a "gift to readers everywhere." But as word of the new service spread, it triggered a backlash from authors and publishers.

"As a reminder, there is no author bailout, booksellers bailout, or publisher bailout," author Alexander Chee tweeted on Friday. "The Internet Archive's 'emergency' copyrights grab endangers many already in terrible danger."

"It is a tarted-up piracy site," wrote author James Gleick.

Previously:

Internet Archive Suspends E-Book Lending "Waiting Lists" During U.S. National Emergency


Original Submission

Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Authors fume as online library "lends" unlimited free books" - https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/03/authors-fume-as-online-library-lends-unlimited-free-books/
  3. "announced" - https://blog.archive.org/2020/03/24/announcing-a-national-emergency-library-to-provide-digitized-books-to-students-and-the-public/
  4. "strongly" - https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/26/821925073/national-emergency-library-lends-a-hand-and-lots-of-books-during-pandemic
  5. "positive" - https://www.cnet.com/news/internet-archives-national-emergency-library-has-over-a-million-books-to-read-right-now/
  6. "declared" - https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-national-emergency-library-is-a-gift-to-readers-everywhere
  7. "Alexander Chee tweeted" - https://twitter.com/alexanderchee/status/1243584733369503746
  8. "wrote" - https://twitter.com/JamesGleick/status/1243632846998208522
  9. "Internet Archive Suspends E-Book Lending "Waiting Lists" During U.S. National Emergency " - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/03/28/2333244
  10. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=40124

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