Why are so many books listed as “Borrow Unavailable” at the Internet Archive?

Summary: Over 500,000 books have been removed from lending due to the Hachette v. Internet Archive lawsuit, including 1,300 banned and challenged books. The library is appealing the decision to restore access to patrons. The lawsuit was filed by four major publishers for controlled digital lending practices, resulting in an injunction that restricts book lending. The Association of American Publishers demanded the removal of books from libraries. Despite the loss, international support for digital lending is growing. The library is fighting back through the courts. Contact patron services for inquiries. An extensive list of plaintiff and other publishers involved in the lawsuit is provided.


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