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Putting Google Library Into Historical Perspective

from the information-is-a-good-thing dept

Reader Jon writes in with a link to a fascinating New Yorker article that really puts Google's book scanning project into historical perspective. While there are all sorts of ongoing legal scuffles about the efforts to scan and make books and information more widely available, when viewed in the context of history, the legal arguments look even more ridiculous. The benefits to making content more widely available and more easily accessible are so big that it almost seems crazy not to do it. The article goes through all the struggles cultures have had over the ages just trying to classify and organize all sorts of books and information to make it usable -- and here we are with the tools and ability to go beyond everything that's been possible in the past... and we're stymied by a disagreement over copyright law? That just seems sad.

Filed Under: book scanning, google library, history, information
Companies: amazon, google, microsoft


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    Anonymous of Course, 6 Nov 2007 @ 8:15am

    Isn't a library a library?

    I think Google has done a fine job in
    trying to accomodate all parties and
    wish the copyright holders would realize
    that a library, is a library.

    In fact I'm more likely to purchase a hard
    copy of a book if it's ONLY available on-line.
    A PDF just doesn't cut it for me when I want
    to browse.

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