[SciPy-user] Re: [SciPy-dev] Re: [Numpy-discussion] Purchasing Documentation
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Tue Oct 4 16:10:08 CDT 2005
Fernando Perez wrote:
> Travis Oliphant wrote:
>> Alan G Isaac wrote:
>>> I also plan to ask our library to purchase the book, but I am
>>> concerned that your statement that multiple users each need their
>>> own copy might mean a library purchase is forbidden. I assume it
>>> did not mean that, and that you just meant that making multiple
>>> copies is restricted. (Our library supports electronic book check
>>> out.) Ruling out library purchases would, I think, be a costly
>>> mistake for many reasons, which I can list if you are interested.
>> A library purchase is fine. If that how a single copy is shared.
>> I'll make that more clear. But, really, if multiple users need to
>> use it at the same time, then the library should purchase several
> 'a single printed copy can be made from the electronic version, which
> is subject to the same restrictions imposed on paper books (lending is
> OK but not wholesale photocopying for redistribution, for example)'
> This would put at ease a lot of people who normally buy a book in a
> lab or research group with the natural assumption that anyone in that
> lab can go to the shelf and read it. Obviously if it's a book with
> very frequent use, traditional book purchasers buy multiple copies.
> With your book, the exact same thing would be expected: just because
> they have the PDF doesn't mean they can print 10 copies of it for the
> whole lab. Or at least that's my understanding.
Thanks, I like this wording. It is exactly what I meant.
I also think except for a library-checkout system (where only one
digital copy is in circulation), somebody should not be able to buy an
e-copy and then make electronic copies for everybody in their
organization. That's really quite counter productive. If you want to
share your e-copy with someone for a while (or give it away) fine...
I'm really just asking that you treat the e-copy something like a
I'll make some more details concerning the intent, available. Thanks
for everybody's help.
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