Bodleian Library takes a stand against ebooks

Oxford’s Bodleian Library is one of the UK’s great cultural institutions. Founded by Sir Thomas Bodley more than 400 years ago, it is a copyright library, taking a copy of every book published in this country, and the centre of many students’ lives whilst at Oxford. One of the delightful eccentricities of the Bodleian is the oath that all have to swear before joining.

But no longer is this oath just a piece of heritage – it has become a stand against the tide of Amazon, with members entering the library enjoyed not to “Kindle therein” – a truly prescient piece of wording on the oath’s creator’s behalf.

The oath in full:

“I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, or to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document, or other object belonging to it or in its custody; nor to bring into the Library or kindle therein any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.”

(The thriller The Company of Fellws is available for Kindle here for 70p)

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~ by danholloway on March 30, 2011.

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