Pull quote: “While Darnton was careful to accord respect to the ‘legitimate interest of the book industry’, he was not shy about criticizing what he sees as excessive commercialization. Said Darnton, ‘the cultural commons has been largely appropriated by business interests,’ and he called for finding ‘a just equilibrium.’ In particular he cited Google Books, which proposed to scan library’s holdings for free and then sell access to the content back to them, as well as the escalating cost of scientific journals – four times the rate of inflation, he said – and the efforts of publishers like Elsevier to prevent public access to taxpayer funded researcher via opposing NIH efforts and the Federal Research Public Access Act, and championing the now-defunct Research Works Act.”