I just read a post from RareBookNews.com stating that the University of Pennsylvania is going to start digitizing the rare books within their stacks. While their intent is to increase access and availability of the contents for scholars, I can’t help fearing for the value of an edition if it is easily read by anyone.
This raises another issue, digitally delivered books. I think we all need to start thinking about how to avoid the same crash the movie and music industries have endured at the hands of file sharing.
While there are ways to try and secure our medium like developing anti scan printing techniques, the players in the movie and music industries who have been successful have embraced file sharing and altered their business models to fit.
You may want to start thinking how can you alter your business model to sell books digitally - and legitimately