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Libraries Do Not ‘Own’ Random House E-Books After All
October 25, 2012 | 12:20 am

Last week we carried a story about a claim that Random House was going to let libraries “own” its e-books. However, it turns out that “own” may have been an optimistic oversimplification. Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, writes at Publishers Weekly that he's had some follow-up discussion with Skip Dye, Random House’s VP of Library and Academic Sales, to get clarification on exactly what “own” meant in that context. (Found via TechDirt.) What Random House actually meant was that it would assist libraries in moving e-books from one “authorized library wholesaler” to another. The publisher...

Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley talks to librarians at ALA
June 28, 2012 | 9:42 am

Images  1 From The Digital Shift. The full article is well worth reading: The Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley made a cogent and precise presentation at the American Library Association conference this week that urged the librarian community to do a better job of shaping the multitude of conversations that ultimately affect how and what libraries can do with digital content. Brantley, the director of the Bookserver Project at IA, said librarians, rather than just saying yes or no to various business models put forth by the Big Six publishers, need to be much more active. “I think it is really, really, really important for us...

Serving a public that knows how to copy: orphan works and mass digitization
April 16, 2012 | 3:39 pm

Images That's the title of an article in  Peter Brantley's blog at Publishers Weekly.  The entire article is well worth your time. The UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology(BCLT) is among the most eminent study centers for intellectual property (IP) law. Coordinated by Professor Pamela Samuelson, this last week it pulled together approximately 200 highly accomplished and well-spoken legal scholars, practitioners and librarians in a small conference on orphan works, “Orphan Works and Mass Digitization.” Obstacles and opportunities. The conference started with a series of talks on the dysfunctions of current copyright law, with its propensity to generate orphans. The overall consensus, most...

Rich Books, Poor Society: Random House’s Price Spike, says Peter Brantley
March 6, 2012 | 9:17 am

Index That's the title of an article in Publishers Weekly by Peter Brantley.  Here's a bit of it: ... RH’s pricing is a very blunt instrument, insensitive to true demand over time as well as the library’s ability to pay. And there is the greater tragedy: publishers are obviously bent on reducing a social good to a economic commodity. As Barbara Fister notes in Inside Higher Ed, “Culture and knowledge, in this new publishing regime, are not common goods, they are intellectual property best controlled by corporations.” ... n a digital environment where profit can be more readily quantified, ...

Peter Brantley speaks on academic ebooks
February 6, 2012 | 9:48 am

Infodocket A new article by Peter Brantley from the Publisher’s Weekly web site. From the Article: There is a growing crisis in the academic monograph marketplace. College and university libraries are experiencing budget cuts; there are too many presses publishing too many titles; there’s growing pressure to figure out open access (OA) solutions, particularly in the face of the outrageous Research Works Act; and, aside from crossover or trade titles from the larger presses like Oxford, there is a sense that the barely adequate supply of funding will soon start to slide off a cliff. [Clip] Libraries, presses, and scholars are pressing forward with several interesting proposals...

Whether public and/or academic
November 14, 2011 | 10:14 am

Images A most interesting article by Peter Brantley in Publishers Weekly. Here's the beginning: One of the most confusing impacts of the surge in access to e-books is whether academic library interests should be more or less bound together with public libraries. The issue has a wide range of ramifications, from acquisitions, to collections, to the responses to the shifting commercial marketplace. At conferences that I have attended with mixed audiences, each of these “together” and “apart” strands surface; I suspect both are correct, but more through overlay than union. Both public and academic libraries have...

Peter Brantley on: “Absent players – libraries and ebook platforms”
October 18, 2011 | 9:22 am

Index Peter has an article by that name in Publishers Weekly.  Here's a snippet: The lack of diversity in the library ebook marketplace demonstrates an immaturity in how we envision providing access to ebook services.  For libraries, it gives us an opportunity to try to craft our own future.  COSLA, the consortium of State Librarians, has argued for an ebook lending platform [pdf] that offered ebook access via a national library collective; the Internet Archive has been attempting to buy (not lease) ebooks directly from publishers to support digital lending in a manner analogous to print practice.  While...

Peter Brantley on preserving digital copies
October 12, 2011 | 9:16 am

Index From an article in Publishers Weekly: … In The New Republic, Laura Bennet writes of the increasing mutability of the book , the sense that digital text, trivially easy to update, becomes a “perpetual work-in-progress.”  She writes: At stake here, some might say, is the question of the integrity of the book: When is a text finished? Any published book is necessarily a somewhat arbitrary product; most authors could tinker forever. But going to press demands that a book be done, at least for the moment. … There is another key difference between the updated e-book and the revised...

Report by Peter Brantley on ALA’s OITP eBook Task Force meeting with HarperCollins
June 30, 2011 | 11:09 am

Ala logo During the just concluded ALA 2011 Conference in New Orleans the ALA OITP (Office of Information Technology Policy) eBook Task Force talked with senior HarperCollins staff*** about a number of important issues. The discussion came about after the HarperCollins team suggested that both groups get together during the OITP eBook Task Force Business Meeting. What follows is a report about what was discussed during the meeting. It was written by Peter Brantley and shared with INFOdocket. Brantley is a member of the OITP task force. He’s also the Director of the Bookserver Project for the Internet Archive and a former executive director of the Digital...

Internet Archive “Books in Browsers” meeting: call for proposals
September 9, 2010 | 4:51 am

images.jpgFrom the HASTAC website (blockquotes omitted): The Internet Archive is planning a meeting in San Francisco on Thu. Oct 21 - Fri. Oct 22 tentatively titled "Books in Browsers". The meeting will cover achievements in moving books to the web, including developments in OPDS Catalogs, vending and lending, and the design and effective deployment of ebooks and reading experiences for web environments. The portability of books and bookshelves, reader application interoperability, storage and transmission security (including encryption and caching), the legal and user consequences of book licensing vs purchase, and ramifications for user privacy and data protection are viable angles. Currently, I...