Thursday, May 05, 2011

Don't Mess with an Angry Librarian [Re-post]


*Newscorp is selling e-books that literally self-destruct. Stand with the librarians who are fighting back.
<http://www.change. org/petitions/ tell-harpercolli ns-limited- checkouts- on-ebooks- is-wrong- for-libraries? utm_source= action_alert& utm_medium= email&alert_ id=TTXQNOfuGs_ OOGkxAGDei>
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<http://www.change. org/petitions/ tell-harpercolli ns-limited- checkouts- on-ebooks- is-wrong- for-libraries? utm_source= action_alert& utm_medium= email&alert_ id=TTXQNOfuGs_ OOGkxAGDei>

[Sign the Petition]<http://www.change. org/petitions/ tell-harpercolli ns-limited- checkouts- on-ebooks- is-wrong- for-libraries? utm_source= action_alert& utm_medium= email&alert_ id=TTXQNOfuGs_ OOGkxAGDei>


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Dear Readers of the World,

By day, Andy Woodworth is a mild-mannered librarian. By night, he's still a librarian, just less mild-mannered.

Andy is *kind of famous* in the librarian community, mostly for getting *the Old Spice guy* to do a video about how great libraries are, and unsuccessfully campaigning to get Ben & Jerry's to create a flavor called the *"Gooey Decimal System."* (If you don't get the pun, just ask someone ten years older.)

Oh, and now *he's using Change.org to help lead the charge in a fight against NewsCorp<http://www.change. org/petitions/ tell-harpercolli ns-limited- checkouts- on-ebooks- is-wrong- for-libraries? utm_source= action_alert& utm_medium= email&alert_ id=TTXQNOfuGs_ OOGkxAGDei>*, one of the world's most powerful companies.

See,* more and more libraries are beginning to buy e-books, like those read on a Kindle or similar device.* They're programmed to be like normal books -- lent out to one reader at a time, returned, and downloaded by another reader. It's simple, and especially great for working parents or the disabled who have a hard time making it to a library.

But publishing giant *HarperCollins *(owned by NewsCorp) is trying to force libraries to only buy e-books that* literally self-destruct after the 26th reader** *in an attempt to maximize profits.* *

* *Having to repeatedly buy the same book* *will be a *financial and logistical disaster* for libraries, one that could force a few to close their doors.

Even worse, there are signs that other publishing companies may soon follow the lead of HarperCollins, which could devastate libraries all around the world.

Some *amazing librarians have launched a full boycott *of HarperCollins until the decision is reversed, but they urgently need widespread support to force NewsCorp to back down.

*Andy's petition demanding an end to self-destructing e-books has a goal of 100,000 signatures -- click here to add your name now:*

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http://www.change. org/petitions/ tell-harpercolli ns-limited- checkouts- on-ebooks- is-wrong- for-libraries<http://www.change. org/petitions/ tell-harpercolli ns-limited- checkouts- on-ebooks- is-wrong- for-libraries? utm_source= action_alert& utm_medium= email&alert_ id=TTXQNOfuGs_ OOGkxAGDei>
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Andy declares on his blog that "The world needs more badass librarians." It's true, though right now the world also needs more readers who will stand alongside them.

Thanks for doing your part,

Patrick and the Change.org team

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3 Comments:

At Mon Oct 31, 12:55:00 a.m. GMT, Anonymous SASAFRAZ said...

I really enjoyed the blog about when you are depressed i was looking for some answeares read your and ended up making one myself lol

 
At Sun Jan 22, 06:02:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger laichungleung said...

Happy new year!

 
At Wed Jul 25, 02:50:00 p.m. IST, Blogger laichungleung said...

http://youtu.be/j9Hjrs6WQ8M

I didn't read the book (instead I read Fifty Shades of Grey)

 

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