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The Faustian Bargain with Ebooks

Clifford Lynch, the executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information, writes a very critical article whose title says it all: “Ebooks in 2013: Promises Broken, Promises Kept, and Faustian Bargains.” His most scathing comments are about how publishers make it difficult for libraries to lend ebooks and about the cartels created by ebook platforms. Definitely a potential additional reading for my fall course.

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