Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2005 Issue

Controversy Surrounds Google Print For Libraries



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Now it is important to point out that Google is not copying the latest Harry Potter book or anything like it. It is more likely to involve a 1930 book that has been out of print for 75 years, the author long dead, the monetary prospects for whoever now holds the rights infinitesimal. I have been a great fan of Google since the last millennium, when I stumbled across the then obscure search engine and found it worked better than the search powerhouses of the day. Google has an outstanding record of providing useful services and conducting their business in a most ethical manner. Google Print for Libraries promises to bring a wealth of information never before available to all of us. It is a wonderful public service. I just hope that Google is able to go forward with this important mission without being sidetracked by the understandable concerns of the copyright holders.

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