Knowledge Merger – British Library and Amazon
ZDNet reports a Reuters News article of November 25, 2003 that the British Library and Amazon had entered into an e-commerce deal, stating that:
“The British Library announced on Monday it had formed an alliance with Web retailer Amazon.co.uk to sell to the public catalog listings of over 2.5 million literary works from its collection.”
We see here that the alliance of online bookselling and knowledge “storage” as a product point to a world of the future in which information – including libraries – will cost bucks at every level.
It is an interesting development not only for itself, but also for the law, expanding the legal field to new kinds of “mergers”.