ATG Articles of the Week: Rogue Downloader and Changing Ebook Landscape

by | Aug 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Rogue Downloader’s Arrest Could Mark Crossroads for Open Access Movement by David Glenn, the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31, 2011.

Ramune Kubilius alerted me to this article. Wow! She said and I have to agree!  The article begins with a discussion of a talk by Lawrence Lessig in Switzerland in April. Lessig criticized JSTOR for charging for a six-page article.  Arnold Swartz, the young man who is under investigation for downloading millions of scholarly papers from JSTOR, is a friend of Lessig’s and was employed by Lessig at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics which Lessig directs.  What’s going to happen next? Stay tuned!

“How the Changing Library E-book Landscape is Impacting Academic Publishers” by Leslie Lees on InfoViews, July 22, 2011

This post from Leslie Lees, Vice President of Content Development at ebrary, is the fourth in a series entitled Academic E-books – The Shifting Landscape compiled on Mike Diaz’s blog Infoviews: Insights About Libraries, Research and Learning.  This particular entry discusses how publishers are adapting their models within the digital age and points to the “futility of attempts by publishers to artificially recreate the restrictions from printed books in the new digital world.” However he concludes that “it is encouraging to see the University Presses thinking with such clarity and precision about how their fundamental value and competencies might be deployed differently in the digital age, They have had the courage to reimagine their role in the academic ecosystem and to engage more deeply with libraries and scholars whose daily choices could pose threats to their very existence.”

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