[free-sklyarov] "Best edition" and e-books?

Karsten M. Self kmself at ix.netcom.com
Mon Aug 6 15:28:10 PDT 2001

on Mon, Aug 06, 2001 at 02:24:03PM -0700, Karsten M. Self (kmself at ix.netcom.com) wrote:
> Does anyone know what the best edition of a work is in the case of an
> e-book?
> 17 USC 101:
>     The "best edition" of a work is the edition, published in the                   United States at any time before the date of deposit, that the
>     Library of Congress determines to be most suitable for its                      purposes.
>     http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/101.text.html
> Thanks.

Answering myself, the answer would seem to be in Circular 7b published
by the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/copyright/circs/circ07b.pdf

For printed textual matter, archival-quality, hardcover, sewn library
bound, with decreasing  preferences for other material specified.

For computer programs:

   - With documents rather than without
   - Not copy-protected rather than copy protected.
   - PC-DOS, MS-DOS, or other IBM compatible format such as XENIX
   - 5.25", 3.5", CDROM.

Works existing in more than one medium, in order:

   - Printed matter, microform, phonorecord.

It would seem that an eBook would have as a best edition, bound hardcopy
on archival quality media.  Any information to the contrary?

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