Oct 9, 2009

"A library to last forever"

...or a digital book monopoly to last forever? or, at least, as long as google's server farms are around.

This isn't just a techno-utopian vision; the claims that libraries are vanishing and that out-of-print books are disappearing into literary black holes are just dramatic exaggerations. Besides, Google's settlement isn't just for out-of-print books as the op-ed keeps emphasizing, it's about all kinds of books.

Even so, this isn't a debate about process (digitize or not) but about policy. The benefits of digitization are clear and compelling but should this task be trusted to a for-profit corporation?