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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...

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2010-01-11 06:50:00

Google Inc. issued a publicly apology over the weekend to a number of Chinese authors, excusing itself for inadequate communication with them before it began scanning their books into its digital library.  The apology is being viewed as a first step towards a rapprochement between the Internet behemoth and a Chinese writing guild amidst an ongoing legal row over copyright infringement. For more than five years Google has been engaged in a visionary effort to make all of the world's books...

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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...

2009-12-03 13:45:00

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have created a joint digital archive of Andrew Carnegie materials on the Web at http://diva.library.cmu.edu/carnegie/. Integrating five physical collections in one searchable full text resource, the site demonstrates a larger vision, which is to facilitate and host a digital repository of Andrew Carnegie materials held by institutions worldwide. The inaugural Andrew Carnegie...

2008-06-17 15:00:20

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jun. 15--TechMan remembers when the Internet was emerging in the '90s and newspapers and magazines carried glowing articles about how all human knowledge would be available to everyone in searchable form. ("Yes, son, Dad was alive in a time called the '80s when there was no World Wide Web and we were forced to listen to music by bands named Flock of Seagulls.") Well, it didn't quite turn out that way, but some people carry on one of those utopian...

2005-10-03 06:30:00

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. is set on Monday to unveil a consortium that aims to make books, audio and video more easily accessible online, while addressing publishers' objections about the dangers to copyright. The non-profit Internet Archive, libraries at the University of California and the University of Toronto and technology suppliers Hewlett-Packard Co. and Adobe Systems Inc. are among the founders of the group. The organization, known as the Open Content...


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