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2010-08-24 23:01:00

HAIFA, Israel, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the EU have expanded their research collaboration, which now includes more than two-dozen national libraries, research institutes, universities, and companies across Europe to provide new technology that will enable highly-accurate digitization of rare and culturally significant historical texts on a massive scale. Unlike past digitization projects where the result has been static, online libraries of texts, this unique...

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2010-05-06 11:05:00

The number of book titles accessible to people who are blind or dyslexic is small, even though audio versions of best-sellers fill store shelves and new technology fuels the popularity of digitized books. The nonprofit organization Internet Archive in San Francisco is attempting a new service that will change that.  The group has hired hundreds of people to scan thousands of books into its digital database, which will more than double the available titles for people who are not able to...

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2010-04-01 06:05:00

On Wednesday French publishers launched a second lawsuit against Google Inc. for digitally scanning their books for its online library. "We are taking our turn at going into battle (against Google), along with some of our fellow publishers," Antoine Gallimard, the chief executive of major French publisher Gallimard, told AFP at Paris's annual book fair. Gallimard said that three other big French publishers, Albin Michel, Flammarion and Eyrolles, would also join the suit. He said that Google...

2010-01-19 10:05:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance has been steadfast in its belief that the digitization of books is a seismic change that will help reduce the literary divide in our nation and our world, and open up new ways to more efficiently and thoroughly conduct research. However, it is critical that the commercialization of books does not trump the benefits of their digitization. The current Google Book Settlement does just that. While much debate over the...

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2009-12-21 12:30:00

In a controversial effort to digitize the world's books, Google is set to start scanning Europe's cultural treasures -- starting in France, where the U.S. giant got a digital foothold this week, AFP reported. Patrick Bazin, the director of the Municipal Library of Lyon, said the Internet search giant began peeling open the pages of half a million books from the library on Monday and is contracted to scan them within 10 years. The French government will spend over one billion dollars (750...

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2009-12-18 15:50:00

A coalition of U.S. library associations has organized itself in a collective effort to force Google to keep access to its in-the-works digital library cheap.  The library collective has already petitioned the federal Justice Department to monitor the project's development and ensure that the Internet giant doesn't charge too much for institutional subscriptions. Together, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research...

2009-10-06 13:31:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of leading academic, library, consumer advocacy, organized labor and publishing organizations joined the Open Book Alliance today in calling on Google and its litigation partners to create an open and transparent process to negotiate a settlement in the Google Book Search case. The parties published an open letter to Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, demanding that they include key stakeholders to...

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2009-08-27 06:10:00

Microsoft, Yahoo!, Amazon, and non-profit library associations have joined forces to fight a legal settlement which would allow Google to digitize and sell books. The coalition, called the Open Content Alliance, has expressed concerns about "serious legal, competitive, and policy issues" surrounding the Google book project. The group said they are countering the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form. In October of last year, Google reached a class action settlement on a...

2009-05-06 07:05:00

NEWPORT, R.I., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Digital Ark has launched an e-commerce web site, The Digital Ark Store (http://www.TheDigitalArkStore.com), which offers online sales of historical and cultural images as archival prints and downloadable digital files. These images represent the vast and diverse visual collections of The Digital Ark's clients, which include museums, libraries, historical and preservation societies, photographers, artists, and educational institutions. Every purchase...

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2009-04-06 15:12:01

A website that will offer free access to rare books, maps, manuscripts, films and photographs from across the globe called The World Digital Library is set to launch April 21 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The site's cultural content from libraries and archives worldwide will be available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and will also include material in additional languages. The project, which was launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...