BIBLIOTHEKSPOLIZEI | UNIT 411 The EBook headache
Starting at the start.Before we get all up in Amazon’s grill, weshould take a look back to see how all thiscrazy stuff eBook drama got started.After all, those who don’t known somethingsomething will have to something something.
Michael HartProject Gutenberg founder Michael Hartcreated the first ebook after deciding to typethe US Declaration of Independence into acomputer in 1971. Yeah, man 1971!http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/08/michael-hart-inventor-ebook-dies
Dynabook"The Dynabook concept, created by Alan Kay in1968,described what is now known as a laptopcomputer or (in some of its other incarnations) atablet or slate computer with nearly eternalbattery life and software aimed at giving childrenaccess to digital media. Adults could also use aDynabook, but the target audience was children.“http://bit.ly/2H4ygI
The Data Discman“The Data Discmans purpose was for a quickaccess to electronic reference information ona pre-recorded disc. Searching for informationon disc were entered using a QWERTY-stylekeyboard and utilized the "Yes" and "No"keys.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Discman
Moving AlongBack in 1998 libraries had eBooks. Word.“August 1998, netLibrary [http://www.netlibrary.com]was founded. This privately held company hasattracted funding from a wide array of sources, venturecapitalists, as well as Internet and media companiessuch as McGraw-Hill. In the 2 years since itsfounding, netLibrary has worked to provide an end-to-end solution that includes everything from digitalconversion to distribution.” http://bit.ly/ADvTUH
Why the history tour?The eBook isn’t new nor is the concept of iPador iPhone, etc. Technological advances andexploitation make them possible, they are notgifts from the gods.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn#Controversies
E-ReadersWhen E-Readers became affordable theybecame gifts. http://nyti.ms/bF0nvwWhen the receiver of the gift realized that itwould cost money for books they started tohead to the library…
E-ReadersNow that they head to the library, the librarieshave to get eBooks…and show people how touse them…and explain the different polices forthem…and in a way start subsidizing techsupport for those devices and the companiesthat offer eBook services.
Tax dolla dolla bill ya’llSince libraries “have eBooks” and managingexpectations of the public is like drinkingwater out of a fire hose, libraries are in apickle. Now we have a new expense, newexpectations, shrinking budgets, and at thesame time we are making E-Readers moresexy because we have eBooks.
One more timeI say unto you, we make getting an E-Readercooler because owners can come to the libraryand get eBooks.I really want you think about that point.
Dangers of EBooks• Amazon requires users to identify themselves to get an ebook.• • In some countries, including the US, Amazon says the user cannot own the ebook.• • Amazon requires the user to accept a restrictive license on use of the ebook.• • The format is secret, and only proprietary user-restricting software can read it at all.• • An ersatz “lending” is allowed for some books, for a limited time, but only by• specifying by name another user of the same system. No giving or selling.• • To copy the ebook is impossible due to Digital Restrictions Management in the player.• and prohibited by the license, which is more restrictive than copyright law.• • Amazon can remotely delete the ebook using a back door. It used this back door in 2009• to delete thousands of copies of George Orwells 1984.• http://stallman.org/articles/ebooks.pdf• MAKE IT BIGGER !!
Where are we?We are paying for something we don’t ownunder some shady businesses while betrayingsome of the core values of our profession.
Fight Back• Keep ALA honest and email them with your concerns. http://bit.ly/zDq7I5• Keep the pressure up on these companies in social media.• Remember that 1,000 people can represent those of hundreds of millions. http://bit.ly/b2OnCS