1. Might you be re-inventing the wheel, with library-oriented systems like ContentDM and etc out there?
2. How will you control for copyrighted work? Any library containing copyrighted works will be shut down immediately and painfully, IMO.
Publishing: The Revolutionary Future
The transition within the book publishing industry from physical inventory stored in a warehouse and trucked to retailers to digital files stored in cyberspace and delivered almost anywhere on earth as quickly and cheaply as e-mail is now underway and irreversible. This historic shift will radically transform worldwide book publishing, the cultures it affects and on which it depends.
The lost cannot be recovered; but let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use, in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.
How to figure out whatâ€™s in copyright? Not too hard for the most part. Just use a database of acceptable public domain books. Simple for books before the 1920s, but can get a bit difficult for books post-1920s where full lists of books that have fallen out of copyright are not available without research. This would mostly apply to books that werenâ€™t renewed by the author/publisher/estate or didnâ€™t have a copyright notice printed during the time media was required to have the notice to stay in copyright. Creative Commons, Iâ€™m sure, also causes a bit of strain in finding out whatâ€™s acceptable.
As for checking of content, have a simple solution that many teachers use today to combat plagiarism â€” file submitted, file compared with all available resources to find out how much of a paper is verbatim from another source. A legitimate copy should be as close to 100% as possible.
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