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Re: [ARSCLIST] Preservation media WAS: Cataloguing still :-)
Tom Fine wrote:
Right, but I'm not saying make the printed book available. I'm saying
make large/higher-rez versions of the photos in a biography, for
instance, available. Or, for a reported/journalistic book, perhaps make
transcripts of some or all interviews available, both for history and in
the interest of transparency. Many authors do some of this already on
their own websites but it can take some digging to find the material.
Some of this is being done for other media. For example, the libretto
for an opera may cost more on paper than the opera does on disc. Buy the
CDs, download the libretto from the publisher's site.
In general, these ideas relate to the difference between the text of a
book and the book. Shaw has the nobleman in Saint Joan laud the virtues
of a "bonnie book" though he is illiterate. He refers to the binding,
the feel, the smell, the typography - and he's right. A first edition
may have the same text as the Modern Library version, but it's not the
Who among us does not have a hardcopy of a book in the public domain
which could be downloaded from Project Gutenberg? The text is separate
from the volume and is protected separately, just as a musical score is
protected separately from rights inhering to a performance of the work.