What is censorship? A central committee allowing publication and distribution of approved items only?
What’s the role of a public library? Historically they’ve taken a stand against book-banning.
What is censorship in the digital age?
What is the role of a public library in the digital age?
All these questions and others have been churning around in my mind ever since reading this post:
Overdrive, the (for-profit) provider of ebooks for public libraries, holds a monopoly on providing ebooks, probably for purely pragmatic reasons (they’re the first to come up with a system the library could actually use), which would be one thing if they allowed for downloading of ALL books, but they don’t. Only approved books–that is to say, only books put out by major publishers–that is to say, only books with the information that the corporate interests who control the publishing industry want us to have.
I’m wondering about intellectual freedom for my children, brave new pioneers of the “screen-time generation.”