SciHub and Library Genesis

SciHub has been in the news recently — a scholarly journal pirate website running out of Russia by a student in Kzyrgistan. Now it seems there is a sister site run by the same or similar software, Library Genesis, that serves up scholarly e-books.

As a librarian, I know that costs areĀ  high and it doesn’t seem fair to restrict access to knowledge – but on the other hand, publishing journals and books is a costly endeavor. It’s also integral to the tenure process for faculty. It’s a complicated subject that isn’t easily untangled.