Cory Doctorow on E-Books, Durability and Harper Collins

Writing in the Guardian, Cory Doctorow speaks about the “indefensible” deal Harper Collins has made with libraries. As Cory puts it, “Harper Collins has informed libraries that henceforth, e-books will be sold on the condition that they can only be circulated 26 times before they self-destruct.”

But, as the article says, the durability of e-books is not a bug, it’s a feature!

Of course ebooks don’t wear out. Programming them to self-destruct after 26 checkouts is tantamount to asking librarians to embrace entropy. Anyone who thinks that this is going to happen has never spent any time with a librarian.

Read more here.

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