Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Google's Digital Book Future Hangs In The Balance

The Library Of Alexandria has been romanticized as being the great storeroom of all the knowledge of the ancient world. Imagine a place where all the collected ideas, inventions, thoughts, stories, and philosophies of many men of different backgrounds were kept on scrolls for anyone to read. Sounds great, huh?

Now imagine the same in the 21st century, but instead of having a physical library, all this collected knowledge can instead be found online.

That, in a nutshell, is what Google is trying to do.

There are copyright issues to be sorted out, and a lot of other legal matters, which is why this article, Google's Digital Book Future Hangs In The Balance, is of great interest to any reader.

If Google settles all the legalese, they are one step closer to furthering their corporate mission of "organizing the world's information and making it accessible and useful", while using their advertising model as a source of profit, of course.

I am a bit bothered though at the possibility that those who hold the rights to material may not get their due, somehow.


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