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Friday, June 17, 2005

Google Library: Peril for Publishers?

Google is digitizing entire university libraries. Book publishers haven't decided if the Google Library Project means exposure to new readers or copyright infringement on a massive scale. It's a question the Supreme Court may have to decide.

In October, the search goliath announced Google Print, a program that lets publishers work with Google to digitize books to which they hold the rights in order to make them available for search. Google promises publishers they can earn money when searchers click on contextual ads that appear alongside the book pages.

But book publishers were taken aback when they heard about Google Library, a project that had been under way since 2002 with the University of Michigan. Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University and the New York Public Library also are in the process of letting Google scan parts or all of their collections.

Google broke the news in December, the same day officially went live. The Library Project was positioned as an extension of Google Print, but some publishers saw it as more of a collision with it.

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1 comment(s):

It's hard to think any one person or organization would be capable of monopolyzing "information," but Google is fast becoming the juggernaut to be reckoned with.

By Blogger dog1net, at 8:22 PM  

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