The curent New York Review of Books includes an interesting article called “Google & the Future of Books,” in which author Robert Darnton asks “If Google makes available, at a reasonable price, the combined holdings of all the major US libraries, who would not applaud? Would we not prefer a world in which this immense corpus of digitized books is accessible, even at a high price, to one in which it did not exist?” Perhaps, but take a look at the article to understand the complexities of the siutation.  The isssue is more urgent and compelling than ever, due to what Google calls a “groundbreaking agreement with authors and publishers.” While you’re at it, check out Google Books to see what all the fuss is about.

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