Why killing Live Book Search is good for the future of books

Nate Anderson Says Libraries, foundations, and groups like the Internet Archive are arguably more interested in offering truly open access to resources, but without major funding from companies like Microsoft, will such projects remain viable in the long term? Kahle acknowledges that he needs to “scurry” to keep the library scanning centers operational; after all, several hundred people currently spend their days scanning books in these thirteen locations and they need to be “treated right.”

But several months remain to figure out the financial details. For now, Kahle just wants to say thanks. “In the long term,” he says, “it makes more sense this way.”