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A Library to Last Forever

October 10, 2009

Here is an article published in New York Times by Sergy Brin, who is the co-founder and technology president of Google. He explains why Google took such an ambitious project to digitise somany millions of books.

He says “books are such an important part of the world’s collective knowledge and cultural heritage, Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, first proposed that we digitize all books a decade ago, when we were a fledgling startup. At the time, it was viewed as so ambitious and challenging a project that we were unable to attract anyone to work on it. But five years later, in 2004, Google Books (then called Google Print) was born, allowing users to search hundreds of thousands of books. Today, they number over 10 million and counting.”

Regarding the recently settled agreement he says “nothing in this agreement precludes any other company or organization from pursuing their own similar effort. The agreement limits consumer choice in out-of-print books about as much as it limits consumer choice in unicorns.”

He said about destruction of libraries and how the old literature can be preserved. He agrees  it is challenging job and concludes by saying “Many companies, libraries and organizations will play a role in saving and making available the works of the 20th century. Together, authors, publishers and Google are taking just one step toward this goal, but it’s an important step. Let’s not miss this opportunity.”

Good article to know about Google’s vision on digitisation project of millions of books!!

For Full article click here

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