Simon Chaplin, direttore della biblioteca della galleria londinese Wellcome Collection, interviene sul Guardian a proposito delle virtù — e secondo lui dei pochi vizi — della digitalizzazione del patrimonio librario.

By embracing the opportunities digitisation offers to give more people more access to more books, libraries are ensuring that no one company or organisation can exert a monopoly. By making digitised books freely available, they ensure that no other library is disadvantaged and that there are as few obstacles to access as possible. Well-planned, collaborative digitisation can allow libraries to share the burden of preservation so we don’t all end up jealously hoarding the same dwindling stock of physical books.

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