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Monday, January 05, 2009

Book Scanning Continues

Good article in the NYTimes on Google book search. The value of building a complete digital library. A settlement in October with authors and publishers has cleared the way for continuation of the project. Press release. Microsoft has left the large scale book scanning business, leaving Google as the lone participant. The article makes the case that the goal is to provide full access to books and periodicals that have been long inaccessible to the average person. A powerful idea. The system has sold relatively few books that are still in print today. The economic model is on page advertising. More.

Update: See also their magazine scanning effort.

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