This Book Will Self-Destruct In 26 Circulations

As eBooks proliferate, traditional print publishers are challenged to adapt to the changing market.  The latest obstacle involves the role of eBooks in libraries.  HarperCollins, one of six major U.S. publishers, recently announced changes in its eBook policy for libraries.  The new policy, reported by Library Journal, limits each copy of an eBook to twenty-six checkouts.  This means that a library must either discontinue an eBook’s circulation or purchase a new license after twenty-six checkouts.  Continue Reading →

Moral Kombat: The Final Stage? Supreme Court Debates Ban on Violent Video Game Sales to Minors

Last Tuesday, November 2, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, questioning the constitutionality of a California ban on the sale of violent video games to minors.  The First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech figured prominently in the debate as the state of California sought to overturn the permanent injunction that bars the law from taking effect.  The injunction is the result of a successful challenge to the Continue Reading →