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Re: Hathi Orphans?
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- Subject: Re: Hathi Orphans?
- From: Sandy Thatcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:46:17 EDT
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Nothing so "ontological" about this, just a simple matter of economics: with limited resources, publishers must have their staff do the work that will produce the greatest returns. Sandy Thatcher At 6:18 PM -0400 10/24/11, email@example.com wrote: >Then, I guess, there is no hope but to prepare for war. When I >contemplate such a great spirit of compromise, such a wonderful >sensitivity for the common good hovering over publishers, even >university presses, then I can only expect bloody battles, lots >of sound and fury, and multiple displays of collective human >stupidity. The publisher's role, I thought,could claim some >degree of importance in some circumstances,, but I had not quite >understood that it was an ontological foundation of the >universe. If so, it must bear some relation to dark matter and >black forces... > >Jean-Claude Guedon > > >-------- Message d'origine-------- >De: firstname.lastname@example.org de la part de Sandy Thatcher >Date: mer. 19/10/2011 18:37 >Objet : Re: Hathi Orphans? > >Asking publishers to research old files is asking them to do >something for which there is no likely economic benefit. >Publishers are not charitable organizations; they do what they do >in order to make profits (if they are commercial) or to fulfill >their missions (if they are non-profit). Doing the kind of >research you are calling for is no simple, easy, or inexpensive >task--as those staff can tell you who began investigating digital >rights for titles they wanted to include under the Google >Settlement. With that incentive now gone (it would appear), what >is to motivate publishers to devote time to this task? They would >not, i can assure you, look favorably upon a proposal to have >government agents rummaging through their files either! > >Sandy Thatcher