Saturday, January 24, 2009

Books rule

Earlier this month, I saw the story Ebook DRM provider goes dark, the books you paid for disappear. As one librarian noted on a listserv, It used to be that you worried about fire, water damage, mold and theft. Now your collections can "expire"!

Another wrote: "This situation has been worrisome for many years, not only with
respect to e-books, but with regard to any purchased datafiles."

Electronic resources becoming unavailable isn't really new. I still have some 5.25" floppy discs SOMEWHERE. My library used to have microfiche. And Census has electronic files from the 1960s that are not easily transferable.

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