Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

According to the publishers, "IA’s conduct bears little resemblance to the trusted role that thousands of American libraries play within their communities and as participants in the lawful copyright marketplace. IA scans books from cover to cover, posts complete digital files to its website, and solicits users to access them for free by signing up for Internet Archive Accounts." Actually, that kind of is what libraries do. Readers borrow books and read them. Even so, it's hard to imagine the Internet Archive (IA) prevailing here. Which is too bad, because the big problem with books is (a) cost and (b) access. Especially when your regular library is closed.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2021 12:47 a.m.