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Re: Libraries and Rare Books Re Britannica

There are wonderful librarians out there, and there are
dolts, just like
any other field of human endeavor. Lets hear praise for the
good ones.
Pogo lovers of the highest qualification. [Snoopy was an
also an animal
and I guess that they do not all look alike, despite my faux
Lets discourage the bad ones so they can change their ways.

Britannica is now available on the web on line free of
charge. Good stuff.
No need for any library to buy this again? Only if they
offer terminals & access.
The Financial Times archives are now available on the web
free. Good stuff.

Stephen King just published his first electronic book on the
Now you can take your laptop computer and a 35 pound spare
battery or 500 ft
extension cord to the beach or deep into your bathtub to
read this 100
odd page 4 oz booklet in shocking comfort.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Scott Goen <dsgoen@EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Friday, March 17, 2000 14:38 PM
Subject: Libraries and Rare Books

>        The alternative to security measures is to make the
book unavailable. I've
>had many run-ins with libraries (most notably an
institution whom I won't
>mention, in order to protect the overbearing, pretentious,
>corporate-think librarians working there at the time,
except to say the
>initials of the place are Washington University) where I
was told that the
>books I needed to reference were only available by
appointment in a limited
>time frame where a working student couldn't get at them.
End of lengthy
>        I would rather have a "defaced" copy I can actually
read than no access at
>        And let's hear it for Print-On-Demand publishing
and electronic books for
>things like reference and rare books. No breaking spines of
the Britannica
>when you can just print the pages you want. No tearing
pages out of the OED.
>I'm waiting for publishers to realize that the book with a
specialized and
>limited audience can still be profitable if they keep it
electronically and
>print it on demand. Ever run into this scenario: "This book
can't be removed
>from the room, it's rare. You'll have to read it hear."
>        "But it's 700 pages long and you're only open
two-hours a day."
>        "That's not our problem."
>        "Can I copy the sections I need?"
>        "No, it's under copyright."
>        "But it's out of print and you have the only known
copy in the whole
>sidereal universe."
>        "That's not our problem. And by the way, we're
shorting our reading hours
>to 30 minutes a day."
>Actually, I love most libraries and librarians and they
have very specific
>requirements that may be at odds with lovers of books as
physical objects. I
>believe most of them are doing their very best. And I am
very glad that the
>St. Louis County library system keeps good hours and a good
collection as
>budget permits.
>And the comment about a Steven King book being worth more
than a book
>printed by Albertus M. just makes me sad. As an honest
(i.e., not in any way
>sarcastic) aside, do book collectors really believe that
these books will
>hold their value over the years? How many best-selling
writers disappear
>from the public consciousness a generation or so down the
tracts (pun
>alert)? It even happened to Bach for quite a long time.
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