The Google library

From the Los Angeles Times: <blockquote> <p><strong>Google's goal of creating a giant literary database may not fit the traditional model of free public libraries</strong></p> <p>Google, whose corporate ambition is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," has reached a breakthrough agreement with book publishers to make millions of out-of-print volumes accessible to the public. Unfortunately, it's not clear how useful the pact will be to libraries and their patrons. That's because the deal promotes a "pay to read" approach that's the antithesis of the free public library model. </P> </blockquote> <p><a href=",0,1285565.story">More</a></p>
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