Libraries in the Post-Scarcity Era

  title={Libraries in the Post-Scarcity Era},
  author={Bal{\'a}zs Bod{\'o}},
In the digital era where, thanks to the ubiquity of electronic copies, the book is no longer a scarce resource, libraries find themselves in an extremely competitive environment. Several different actors are now in a position to provide low cost access to knowledge. One of these competitors are shadow libraries - piratical text collections which have now amassed electronic copies of millions of copyrighted works and provide access to them usually free of charge to anyone around the globe. While… 
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Web sources of literature for teachers and researchers: Practices and attitudes of Croatian faculty toward legal digital libraries and shadow libraries such as Sci-Hub
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Boattr: digital arts and low impact life on the towpath
  • Adnan Hadzi
  • Political Science
    International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media
  • 2019
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Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature
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Online Shadow Libraries and the Future of Humanities Scholarship


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Does Copyright Piracy Pay? The Effects of U.S. International Copyright Laws on the Market for Books, 1790-1920
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