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Friday, September 23, 2011
The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books - Dan Cohen, Atlantic Magazine, September 2012
The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books
By Dan Cohen
On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild sued the University of
Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin,
Indiana University, and Cornell University over digital copies of books
from their vast libraries. Many of these scanned books are no longer in
print and of interest only to scholars, but the lawsuit reflects the
growing tension between professional authors and the libraries that hold
I am a librarian at University of California Irvine. My title is Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator. My education background includes a B.S. Physics (Carnegie-Mellon, 1988) and M.L.I.S. (University of Texas, Austin, 1994). I have worked at LSU-Baton Rouge and Princeton University prior to UC Irvine.