Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future
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This chapter highlights the goals of the New Digital Public Library, which it contextualizes in terms of the transformation over time of the library’s purpose. Focusing in particular on the goal of open access, Darnton emphasizes how our own era of digitization has enabled the growth of user communities across the world. Noting that publishing monopolies, which control 42 percent of the academic market, threaten to limit or even preclude such developments, the chapter concludes with suggestions on how such limitations might be countered.