Category Archives: Digital Books

DPLA Stands Against The Monopoly Of Knowledge

Last week I had a little time to catch up on some of the articles I had saved to read later in Instapaper. I came upon this piece from Robert Darnton in The New York Review of Books. Darnton talks … Continue reading

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Anthologies Of Authors In Translation Pulled From ReLIRE

Reaction to the launch of ReLIRE from writers and readers was strong this week, but publishers and the Bibliothèque National de France were rather quiet. François Gèze, director of the publishing house Editions La Découverte and member of the scientific … Continue reading

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Reactions To Rollout Of France’s Book Digitization Project

The reactions to the launch of the ReLIRE registry in France last week were fast and furious. Team AlexandriZ published a list of disturbing observations (link in French) about the registry. As more examples of translations and anthologies contained in … Continue reading

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Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin Among Award-Winning Writers On French “Copyright Theft” List

While rooting around on the ReLIRE site, I discovered some big names among the English-language writers whose translated works may be found on the list. For those of you just tuning in, the ReLIRE registry is the official list of … Continue reading

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Legalized Copyright Theft Begins In France: Government Prepares To Dispossess Writers Using Public Funds

A lot has been happening in France regarding copyright, digitization and orphan works. I barely have time to follow these developments, much less to write about them in any detail. However, last week the French National Library “published” the list … Continue reading

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Saving History: Lessons From The People Of Timbuktu

The destruction of thousands of valuable Islamic manuscripts held in the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu was one of the top stories on French TV on Monday and Tuesday, including video from reporters inside the library. According to the reports, … Continue reading

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Will Evernote Help Readers Connect eBooks?

On Monday I wrote about an interview of Evernote CEO Phil Libin in which he told Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch that Evernote has “specific plans” to develop solutions for readers of eBooks, Evernote Planning New Features For eBook Readers. After … Continue reading

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The Obscure Future Of The Digital Book

Recently I stumbled across something that made me think of my first real post here on The Well-Prepared Mind over two years ago: Are we overlooking the real digital book revolution? At the time I was wondering why the digital … Continue reading

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Digital Graft And The Citizen’s Library

A comment on my post about France’s new legislation regarding unavailable books from the 20th century left me considering one of the core issues surrounding the digitization of these works, and I began wondering if projected revenues from their licensing … Continue reading

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eBooks At Payot In Switzerland

Last year, a few weeks before Christmas, I went to Payot in Lausanne to see what the largest French-language bookstore in Switzerland was proposing to readers looking for eBooks. A year ago, they didn’t have a story. A few months … Continue reading

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