Thursday, March 15, 2012

Google Books to Scale Back Scanning of Books from Universities

Article: "Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries"
By Jennifer Howard
Chronicle of Higher Education
March 9, 2012

"Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project. But what that means for the company's long-term investment in the work remains unclear.

Google was not willing to say much about its plans. "We've digitized more than 20 million books to date and continue to scan books with our library partners," a Google spokeswoman told The Chronicle in an e-mailed statement."