fixiemama wrote:would anyone be interested in donating physical copies of books they've scanned in order to ensure access? we are still scanning modern books to add to our library, but funding is limited and help is appreciated.
I had heard that the Internet Archive was pursuing a physical books collection with their huge warehouse of shipping containers, but I thought the legality was still under question
. I think the word was that Brewster would be building the lending library and putting the ebook versions up, and he was ready to do battle in court if a problem ever came up.
So there are two potential downsides to this:
1. If I trust that what the Archive is doing will be found to be legal, and I send my physical and electronic version to the Archive without
retaining a copy for myself, I could read my book from the Archive's library section unless the Archive is found to be illegally copying, in which case I lose all access to my book
, having donated it.
2. I break the law by scanning a book, sending the physical and electronic versions to the Archive, and retaining a copy in case (1) happens.
In either case, these are bad outcomes for me, so I'm not entirely certain what I have to gain by sending my books to the Archive when the legality of what the Archive is doing is still under question.