Author Alexis Madrigal posts this plea for Google Books on Wired's Epicenter blog and issues a challenge to libraries:
"The dispute over Google Books continues to rage in the courts and op-ed pages of the country. There are legitimate questions about Google, profit sharing and privacy. But let’s not let the litigation obscure that Google Books provides an unprecedented and irreproducible service to its users.
Libraries have been important for millennia because they could control access to valuable information. Now, that’s a strategy that leads straight to irrelevance.
A lot of smart librarians recognize the imperative of digitization but their institutions rarely give them money for such “low-priority” tasks."