Book ’em, Marian

Brave new world: libraries are now circulating e-books. Although some attention has been given to copyright concerns (e.g., only one patron can be reading a specific e-book copy at a time, and it automatically disappears from their reader after a few weeks), there are still a number of practical issues to iron out–e-reader compatibility, retaining publisher profitability, etc. While they’re at it, can we ask to throw in considerations for accessibility, on both the technical level (will the circulating books work with standard assistive technology?) and the policy level (will assistive tech users be able to have extended borrowing periods, as they often do for hard copy materials?). If so, it could mean major steps forward in availability of alternative formats for people who can’t read or hold standard books.

New York Times: Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending

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