Ending Book Hunger: Access to Print Across Barriers of Class and Culture

Ending Book Hunger: Access to Print Across Barriers of Class and Culture

by Lea Shaver


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An eye-opening exploration of “book hunger”—the unmet need for books in underserved communities—and efforts to universalize access to print

Worldwide, billions of people suffer from book hunger. For them, books are too few, too expensive, or do not even exist in their languages. Lea Shaver argues that this is an educational crisis: the most reliable predictor of children’s achievement is the size of their families’ book collections.
This book highlights innovative nonprofit solutions to expand access to print. First Book, for example, offers diverse books to teachers at bargain prices. Imagination Library mails picture books to support early literacy in book deserts. Worldreader promotes mobile reading in developing countries by turning phones into digital libraries. Pratham Books creates open access stories that anyone may freely copy, adapt, and translate. Can such efforts expand to bring books to the next billion would-be readers? Shaver reveals the powerful roles of copyright law and licensing, and sounds the clarion call for readers to contribute their own talents to the fight against book hunger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300226003
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 738,363
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lea Shaver is professor of law at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. Her research on distributive justice aspects of copyright is frequently cited by the United Nations, where she has served as both presenter and expert consultant.

Table of Contents

1 Book Hunger 1

2 Making Books Affordable 15

3 Reflecting Diversity 27

4 Serving All Languages 46

5 Reinventing Distribution 64

6 Going Digital 79

7 Negotiating Permissions 96

8 Fair Use of Existing Books 111

9 New Copyright Exceptions 125

10 Choosing Open Licenses 141

11 Rethinking Incentives 154

12 All Children Reading 167

Organizations Profiled 185

Bibliography 189

Acknowledgments 195

Index 201

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