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2009-01-06 12:31:43

Scholars and others with specialized interests have been turning to Google for information ever since the company began scanning printed books four years ago. Every month users view at least 10 pages of more than half of the one million out-of-copyright books that Google has scanned into its servers, according to Dan Clancy, the engineering director for Google book search. "Google's book search allows you to look for things that would be very difficult to search for otherwise," said Ben...

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2008-10-29 08:00:00

Book lovers rejoice! Google Inc has reached a legal settlement with authors and major publishers that paves the way for readers to search through millions of copyrighted books online, browse passages and purchase copies. Under Tuesday's settlement, Google will pay $125 million to create a Book Rights Registry, where authors and publishers can register works and receive compensation from institutional subscriptions or book sales. Under the agreement the Authors Guild and the Association of...

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2008-10-28 10:55:00

What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer's hard drive? The framed photograph will inevitably fade and yellow over time, but the digital photo file may be unreadable to future computers "“ an unintended consequence of our rapidly digitizing world that may ultimately lead to a "digital dark age," says Jerome P. McDonough, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science...

2008-10-28 09:00:16

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Google today announced a groundbreaking settlement agreement on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide that would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search. The agreement, reached after two years of negotiations,...

2008-09-08 12:00:17

IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today announced an entirely new way to preserve digital information, so it can be read decades after it was created despite future changes in digital formats. Researchers at the lab in Haifa, Israel, are ensuring that digital files -- such as photos, movies, music, videos, financial records, health records, manuscripts, and more -- will be accessible and readable for decades and possibly even centuries -- no matter how the content was created. Why Long-Term Data...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Koehler, Wallace Google and Fair Use In a January 2008 Searcher article, Beth Ashmore and Jill Grogg discuss the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and Amazon.com's book digitization projects. They point out that Amazon and OCA did not invent book digitization and acknowledge the dragon in the corner - Google Book Search. As important and interesting as all projects by Google are, Google, by virtue of its size and leverage and because of its digitization model, has assumed dinosaur proportions...

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2008-04-25 14:30:00

Courtney Mitchel, of the University of Michigan library's book-shelving department is among hundreds of librarians who spend hours of each day going through almost 600 pages of some of the world's oldest books.Their work is part of Google's Book Search, a project that plans to offer its users access to digital versions of 50 million to 100 million ancient texts."It's monotonous," 24-year-old Mitchel said."But it's still something that I'm learning about - how to interact with really old...

2006-08-09 09:32:43

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers. The top Web search company said it will fund the scanning of "several million" of the 34 million titles in the University of California's libraries, as part of a year-and-a-half old project to make...

2006-08-09 01:05:00

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers. The top Web search company said it will fund the scanning of "several million" of the 34 million titles in the University of California's libraries, as part of a year-and-a-half old project to make major library...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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