Cory Doctorow on E-books in Libraries: 'Libraries' and writers' interests are closely aligned.'


Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of young adult novels like Homeland,   Pirate Cinema and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, co-founder the UK Open Rights Group and an ardent advocate for libraries.

At the recent American Library Association Conference in Chicago, Doctorow gave a thought-provoking talk,"More than a Book-lined Internet Cafe," about how libraries can and do stand on the front lines of the debate over the role of free information and free information technology, thus ensuring the healthy maintenance of a free society.

Doctorow was among the first authors to sign a statement of support, as part of the new "Authors for Library Ebooks" campaign, urging publishers to provide better and more affordable  access to e-books in libraries. 

In this video Doctorow says, "There's only one powerful voting block out there whose only interest is in promoting authorship, books and knowledge to the exclusion of things like shareholders or Kindle e-book sales and [platform] lock-ins, or ad sales, or the invasion of privacy, and that's libraries."

He also acknowledges the key role that librarians play in fostering a love of literature and building an audience for authors, "...who takes that one-book-a-day kid who's going to be the 20 percent that reads 80 percent of the books, and when they walk in says, 'Here's a book you've got to read.' If it's not a librarian, who's going to do it?"


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