May 22, 2022

Video Recording of Panel Discussion: “The Future of the Book and Digital Access”

The video recording described below was recorded at the Boston Public Library on February 21, 2019.

From the Description:

The ebook landscape is rapidly changing for libraries and publishers. While recently published materials are readily available in ebook form, older books often have no ebook equivalent or digital access. Book scanning projects have made strides in bringing public domain literature online, but materials published after 1923 are still not widely available due to US copyright restrictions. The Internet Archive has developed a controlled digital lending service that enables libraries to lend a digital version of a non-circulating book stored on their shelves.

Through controlled digital lending, libraries can make twentieth century scholarship available that is largely absent from their digital holdings in a way that respects the rights of authors and publishers. Publishers, too, can participate in controlled digital lending; projects between Internet Archive, MIT Press, and other university presses are digitizing backlist and out-of-print books and making them available through controlled digital lending.


Facilitated by Boston Public Library’s David Leonard, this panel will bring together leaders from the library and publishing communities to discuss the future of the book and digital access, including Amy Brand from MIT Press, Brewster Kahle from Internet Archive, and Maria McCauley from Cambridge Public Library.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.