[AI] Query about agreements between publishing companies and private users

Roopakshi Pathania r_akshi_tgk at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 28 15:01:54 EDT 2010


I don’t know about the particular agreement you speak of, but I have received electronic copies of books from publishers and authors for my studies based on the simple and rather obvious understanding that I have purchased a hard copy of the said book, and that I won’t distribute copies of the same. Some authors gave me the electronic version even without demanding a proof of purchase.
Of course not all publishers were willing to do this.

The only agreement I know of is the one that publishers make with a disability office attached usually to an educational institution. The person in charge of this arrangement is suppose to provide a copy of the book to the student(s)
As far as I know this isn’t very common in India or many other countries.
Perhaps XRCVC from Mumbai may be doing something in this regard.


--- On Mon, 6/28/10, L I <larkascending at hotmail.de> wrote:

> From: L I <larkascending at hotmail.de>
> Subject: [AI] Query about agreements between publishing companies and private users
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Date: Monday, June 28, 2010, 7:55 PM
> Dear AI-members,
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> Beside the possibility to get accessible books from
> institutions like libraries and schools for the blind some
> publishing companies are offering the option
> to provide blind or partially sighted students with
> electronic books as long an agreement between the concerned
> company and private user is being signed
> up. I would like to know what experiences you made with
> these publishing companies, what basic conditions you had to
> accept and fulfil and which documents
> were required from you. If you don’t want to make the
> company’s names public you can write to me in a message or
> just give a general report here. The results
> of the query will be used for a paper about accessible
> books for blind and partially sighted students and
> researchers.
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