Books that have been gathering dust on library bookshelves can now be transformed into eBooks, according to a pan European agreement signed by libraries, publishers and rightsholders yesterday.
Industry federations and the European Commission heralded the agreement signed yesterday between publishers, libraries, collecting societies and authors as groundbreaking as it would unleash countless books for consumption online.
“I am not aware of any Memorandum of Understanding of its kind,” Angela Mills Wade, the Executive Director of the European Publishers Council told EurActiv.
The ARROW project, which many libraries use to trace books’ rightsholders, has been recognised by the signatories of the agreement as indispensable for mass digitisation.
Whilst it could take 1,000 years for one person to clear the rights of just 500,000 books manually, that’s 4 hours per book, ARROW can reduce this to less than 5 minutes per title, according to a study by The British Library.
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British Library report.
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