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More on the Idea of the National Digital Library

Dr. Darnton published this op-ed in the Times today: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/opinion/24darnton.html?_r=1&hp

A concern I have addressed in response to a previous article of Darnton’s is about illustrated books. Our books, from board books on up, are often illustrated — thus the rights involved in a book are not limited to one author, or even one author and one illustrator. And yet to make digital copies of books that were crafted around their art as pure print — because the art rights are too expensive or too hard to track down — would be a travesty. I am concerned that the Digital Library concept is essentially talking about novels and adult NF — books that can do fine as print without art. And that needs to carefully thought through, especially since younger readers may well be most comfortable searching and reading in a digital universe.