HarperCollins Library eBook Controversy

Post Two:

After reading my fellow colleagues different perspectives, I still support HarperCollins new business model. HarperCollins considers the intellectual property rights, perspective royalties for the author’s creative work. Creative works address many avenues including movies, paintings, or illustrations. Authors or artist have the right to royalties reflecting creative individual creative works. Creative commons laws assist the consumer fair use act. HarperColllins, from my understanding, does not infringe upon consumer’s eBook bill of rights.

Other factors also drive eBook restrictions such as Data Rights Management or DRM. DRM restricts eBook media usage. Data Rights Management is evolving and flexing within the technological environment (ALA, n.d.). DRM must consider and not restrict technological media platforms, decreasing creative commons usage and increasing possible fair rights infringement.

In turn, given the electronic digital age, open ebook publications applying business and commerce strategies supporting creative works. Farkas 2001 explains, “The eBook user’s bill of rights talked about extending the right of first-sale to e-books.” HarperCollins seems to support eBook user’s bill of rights, author’s rights, and creative common usage.

Post One:

HarperCollins business model first suggest library e-book purchasing last for eternity. Now HarperCollins new library model charges the library after 26 checks. The library argues its public and long-standing rights as a public institution archiving and collecting works.

However, first, one must argue, e-technology and e-books are changing how older business models run.  HarerCollins primary business goal suggest balancing a business model reflecting author rights, e-book retail, and library strategies. (Taylor, 2011).  Second, balancing e-book technologies with author’s relationship increases global reach and increases print book sales or e-commerce. If an individual enjoys a book, the individual purchases a hard copy (Zickuhr, Rainie, Purcell, Madden, & Brenner, 2012). Third, current content and book publications drive individuals to the library increasing library access and decreasing denied access (Kelly, 2012).

In conclusion, these concepts are new to me.  However, creative individual rights must consider traditional intellectual property and copyright retention laws.  In such a case, eBook releases will increase online library circulation.  Online ebook circulation creates a global library presence and revises library customer business models. eBook User’s Bill of Rights supports increases sales and sharing information freely for future eBook authors.


ALA. (n.d.). Digital rights management and libraries. Retrieved October 13, 2015, from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/copyright/digitalrights

Farkas, M. (2011, March 2). My thoughts on the harper Collins: Overdrive controversy  [Web log comment].Retrieved  from http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2011/03/01/my-thoughts-on-the-harper-collinsoverdrive-controversy/

Kelley, M. (2012, October 24). Giving HarperCollins’s ebook model some credit and more thought | editorial. Retrieved October 12, 2015, from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/10/opinion/editorial/a-modest-ebook-proposal-a-big-six-publisher-has-already-provided-a-model-to-build-on/#_

Taylor, M. (2011, March 3). Well done, HarperCollins: Librarians must change old thinking. Retrieved October 12, 2015. http://activitypress.com/2011/03/04/well-done-harpercollins-librarians-must-change-old-thinking/

Zickuhr, K., Rainie, L., Purcell, K., Madden, M., & Brenner, J. (2012). Libraries, Patrons, and E-Books. Pew Internet & American Life Project.