How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

by Rachel Baker on August 18, 2013

Over at TheAtlantic.com there’s an article about research showing its more likely a book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.

Excerpt:

Last year I wrote about some very interesting research being done by Paul J. Heald at the University of Illinois, based on software that crawled Amazon for a random selection of books. At the time, his results were only preliminary, but they were nevertheless startling: There were as many books available from the 1910s as there were from the 2000s. The number of books from the 1850s was double the number available from the 1950s.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/the-hole-in-our-collective-memory-how-copyright-made-mid-century-books-vanish/278209/

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