Open Library 開始提供 ebook 借還服務

Internet Archive 在上月底宣佈使用者將可以自 Open Library借回數位版本的圖書,2個星期後會自動歸還。有訂閱 Overdrive 的圖書館的讀者可以Digital Library Reserve 上瀏覽 Open Library 所提供的7萬多本暢銷書。看來除了公共領域的書籍外,Open Library 也開始圖書館借還書的業務了。看一段 Wall Street Journal 的報導影片吧!


Libraries Have a Novel Idea
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有些比較沒有版權問題的書,但看起來還不會太舊的書也可以直接從 Open Library借出,你可以試試看 lending library 這個 subject。根據 Internet Archive 新聞稿內容,目前 OpenLibrary.org 借還書服務提供了:

  • More than one million digital versions of older books are now available for free download in a variety of formats.
  • Over 70,000 current digital books to those with a library card from many of the over 11,000 libraries that subscribe to the OverDrive service.
  • Genealogical books from the Boston Public Library.
  • How-to and technical book collection via the Internet Archive.
  • Marine life reference materials from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
  • Spanish texts from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala.

Wall Street Journal 的報導中提到 Open Library 這項服務也可能引起作家及出版者的關注,畢竟有 Google 的前車之鑑。撇開法律問題,如果未來有更多圖書館的加入,或者 Google 的服務也開始運作,那到實體圖書館借書的人次將會更加縮減。

美國公共圖書館借書服務
圖片來源:Wall Street Journal

延伸閱讀:
Internet Archiv - Digital Lending Library
Wall Street Journal - Libraries Have a Novel Idea

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