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About the future of books

www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/14/google-books-robert-darnton is a longish article from The New York Review of Books, also published in The Guardian on Saturday 14th February,  explaining how Google's exercise in digitizing books from research libraries is working out so far. I found it very interesting.

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vicarage
16th Feb, 2009 07:08 (UTC)
Fascinating
I thought the analysis of Google's strategy very astute. Rather than faffing around in a coalition, just jump in, encourage a law suit, hope its a class action, so a setttlement becomes opt-out, and you lock out the competition.

Not being an a academic, I doubt I'd ever use it under any license that cost me anything, but its nice to know it exists. The fact that its run by Google, who can read my mail, calendar, rss feeds and search interests may be less good. Their databases must be a hugely attractive resource to our police states. I wonder how long they can resist, or whether they have already be compromised?
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