iPads help in the Space Race

Sorry about the headline 🙂 This is just a quick link to a Bloomberg story about Japanese iPad owners scanning their printed titles so that they can free up space in their apartments. Apparently it’s now prevalent enough to support a viable business:

Japan’s cramped living conditions and the arrival of the iPad in May have spawned as many as 60 companies offering to turn paper books into e-books as publishers have been slow to provide content for new electronic readers…

“The home-made e-book market will continue to exist as long as the copyright situation isn’t dealt with and people cannot find books they want in electronic format,” said Masashi Ueno, a researcher at Yano Research Institute…

Japan’s copyright laws permit users to digitize protected works for personal and family use, according to Seichi Higuchi, the secretary general of Japan Book Publishers Association…


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