Microsoft Live Book Search and Brewster Kahle

Teleread has a blog entry titled “Death of Microsoft Live: Don’t be so quick to rejoice, Brewster”. The entry opens with this line, “Brewster Kahle at the Internet Archive rejoices that Microsoft is killing Live Book Search and the related book digitization activities.”

I read the article that Teleread linked to about Kahle and I would not say he was rejoicing about Microsoft dropping Live Book Search. What he does say about Micorosoft is very positive. (In my view) While Microsoft is taking its cash with it, the company is leaving in place all the equipment that it paid for and is releasing all scans of public domain works for any use, not just education and research. According to Kahle, Microsoft has done more than it is contractually obligated to do as it ramps down its involvement with OCA.