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Thursday, June 07, 2007
I have no idea either, but evidently the good folks at Google think they can do it. According to this story in today's Chronicle of Higher Education:
Google will greatly expand its Google Library Project through a deal it has made to digitize 10 million books in the libraries of 12 universities.So Google has already scanned one million books?!? If they have been at it for three years, that's 330,000 per year or 1,000 books per day. That's pretty impressive but also implies that the new deal will be completed sometime around 2020?
The scale of this scanning operation is mind-boggling. Notwithstanding some of the copyright issues (and as an author of a copyrighted book, I suppose I have a small dog in the fight), the Google library project is an amazing undertaking and a tremendously useful tool.
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