1. The Story of “First Time Buying” Idea for Book-Sharing Places

    LJ executive editor Josh Hadro also took a crack at explaining First Sale in 1000 of the most commonly used words, but decided to go with a little bit of a more narrative treatment:

    The Book-Sharing Places (which for sure have more than just books and have lots of other great things, though today we will call them Book-Places for short) for a long time have spent money on books and then shared those books all around to let other people work to make the world better at thinking and deciding on things. This sharing was an okay thing to do, because there are Important Words That Everyone Follows or Else that say it is okay.

    But some people a little while ago said the Important Words (that everyone follows or else) that make the Book-Places able to share the books are not right. They said that if the books are made Over There instead of here, giving money for books does not mean what we think it means — it could mean that Book-Sharing Places can’t share the books the same way. Instead, they might have to pay more, or buy only books that are made right here, which is not very many books at all.

    Everyone who thinks this is important went and told The People Who Pick the Important Words how they were feeling. The People Who Pick the Important Words listened a lot to everyone, and have been reading and thinking deep thoughts.

    Soon, The People Who Pick the Important Words will decide who was right. The good news would be if the Book-Sharing Places could keep doing the sharing that they are good at doing.

    The not-so-good news would be if book-sharing ideas get very hard to understand, and there are no clear new Important Words.

    In that case, All the People Picked from All the States would have to decide, and they are not often good at deciding things that are important.

    Keep paying attention! Important things are happening!

    "Important things are happening!" is clearly the best line.

    Can You Explain First Sale Using Only the Ten-Hundred Most Common Words?

  2. If you own books, they are yours. Or so you think! But, and this is sad, police don’t know what “owning” means. It might mean books not from the US can’t really be owned. Maybe you can’t give books to friends, or give books to a store for money, if the books are not from the US. Instead, you would have to ask the people who make the books, and they could ask for money, or say “no.” You would be stuck.

    This is very sad. Places where you can get books without money (as long as you bring the books back to them later), might not be able to stay open. These places need to own books. Please help!


    That’s my attempt to explain the first sale doctrine and the stakes for libraries using only the “ten hundred most used words” (a la xkcd) via the #upgoer5 tool. The Library Journal is giving it a shot, too. Can you do better?

    For a simple, but not THAT simple, summary of this issue, see the Library Copyright Alliance one-pager here.

    (via arlpolicynotes)

    This is beautiful and amazing.