The Atlantic recently posted an interesting article about ebooks compared with music. Music from the 20th century is largely available through services like iTunes and YouTube. However, books from the 20th century are less available electronically. While music and books that were published before 1923 (i.e., that are in the public domain) are widely available, a recent study found that books published after 1923 are not available to the extent music is. The article asks the researchers for their opinions as to why this is the case. The reasons cited include the ease and inexpensiveness of digitizing music versus digitizing books. Also, the legal framework for copyright law is cited as a possible reason.
Why Are So Few Books From the 20th Century Available as Ebooks?
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL's 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/author/ellyssa
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