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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,...

2008-09-19 03:00:17

By West, Jessamyn Gordon, Rachel Singer Moving from the world of purchased content to rented content creates new challenges and ways of thinking about our collections. While I'm of the cavalier opinion that small public libraries are unlikely to get sued by the RIAA, the MPAA, or the APA for listing the name of a movie in the newspaper or letting someone photocopy an entire magazine, licensing and copyright are the constraints we work within and around. Peter Hirtle, intellectual property...

2008-08-19 03:00:20

By Brenner, Michaela Klein, Peter Libraries need to provide attractive and exciting discovery tools to draw patrons to the valuable resources in their catalogs. The authors conducted a pilot project to explore the free version of Google Earth as such a discover tool for Portland State Library's digital collection of urban planning documents. They created eye- catching placemarks with links to parts of this collection, as well as to other pertinent materials like books, images, and...

2008-07-18 09:00:36

By Boyd Tonkin THE WEEK IN BOOKS Has the French resistance begun to crumble? When Google unveiled its Book Search project in late 2004, no country protested louder against this digital battering-ram of "Anglo-Saxon" hegemony than France. As well as the "partner program" by which Google scans copyright titles to make sample pages available for browsing, the Californian behemoth set up agreements with leading academic libraries. They aimed to make out-of-copyright collections accessible...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Anonymous Oh, Pooh!! This issue contains a very well-thought-out, carefully researched, cautionary article on the legal status and future of Google Book Search ("Good and Evil in the Garden of Digitization: Google and Fair Use" by Wallace Koehler, pp. 24-27, 57). Professor Koehler is a long-time contributor to Searcher magazine and a highly respected colleague. Nevertheless, based on sheer enthusiasm, idiosyncratic personal taste, visions of universal wisdom and joy, and a set of Harry...

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...

2005-11-14 07:31:28

NEW YORK -- Web search leader Google Inc. has approached a book publisher to gauge interest in a program to allow consumers to rent online copies of new books for a week, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The proposed fee is 10 percent of the book's list price, the Journal reported, citing an unnamed publisher. The discussion with the publisher indicates Google may move toward adding a digital book-renting service. Google has a separate book program, the Google Print Library...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.