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January 21, 2007

University of Texas Joins Google Scan Project

The University of Texas libraries are the latest to partner with Google on their massive book scanning project.  Scanning will include some of the rare books and other unique materials in the collection, which is the fifth largest academic collection in the U.S.  The question continues as to copying books under copyright and will likely be decided via the lawsuit and multiple appeal route.  There are no shortage of objectors to the project on that front.  As a former student at UT, I can only add that opening the collection electronically is an exciting prospect.

See the story in Playfuls, Australia IT, Kansas City InfoZine, and the Times Online (London), with the ponderously titled article, "Could This be the Final Chapter in the Life of the Book?"

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