Google Books, Libraries, and Self-Respect: Information Justice beyond Distributions

  title={Google Books, Libraries, and Self-Respect: Information Justice beyond Distributions},
  author={Anna Lauren Hoffmann},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={76 - 92}
  • A. Hoffmann
  • Published 1 January 2016
  • Political Science
  • The Library Quarterly
If Google Books has been successful in furthering the cause of social justice with regard to information, it is along narrowly distributive lines. Drawing on critics of distributive justice and emphasizing the value of self-respect, the author argues that Google’s massive digital scanning initiative—especially as compared to the liberal democratic institution of the public library—exposes and exacerbates injustices with regard to information, technology, and institutions that are not easily… 
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