Public Library Sued for Lending E-Books

Public Library Sued for Lending E-Books

Good news!  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has protected us from a library with the audacity to lend books that blind people couldn’t read.  No word on whether the library also lends audio or braille books…but I bet it does if it’s like my library.  The Sacramento, CA Public Library thought they’d embrace new technology and loan Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers to their patrons.  The NOOKs are capable of accessing millions of books and other digital products, but only if you can see.  You see, lending books that the blind can’t read is discrimination…wonder if the sighted will now sue over those braille books that they can’t read and maybe the deaf will sue over the audio books they can’t use…perhaps the DOJ’s intended outcome is to have a library that’s a nice, clean, empty building… public library sued for lending e-books…now I’ve heard everything!

The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento (California) Public Library over a trial program the library was conducting that let patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers.

DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons.

The Justice Department said the settlement is aimed at stopping discrimination: “Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from the programs where these devices are used,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a news release.

A DOJ official told CNSNews.com it interviewed a woman who could not participate in the library’s e-reader program due to her disability and concluded that the program had violated the ADA.

via DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books ‘Inaccessible’ to the Blind | cnsnews.com.

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2 Responses to “Public Library Sued for Lending E-Books”

  1. Keith says:

    So can blind people read the normal books?

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