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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2005 Vol.6 No.11 P.1195-1200


Million Book Project vs Google™ Print

Author(s):  ST. CLAIR Gloriana

Affiliation(s):  University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

Corresponding email(s):   gstclair@andrew.cmu.edu

Key Words:  Google, Million Book Project, Universal Library

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google’s announcement that it intended to digitize all the books in several major research libraries was met with mixed reactions. John Wilkin at the University of Michigan declared “This is the day the world changes,” while Rory Litwin said in Library Juice that the move would “commercialize the great research libraries with a handshake, suddenly and epochally.” The four directors of the universal Library and million Book Project have received many questions about the comparative aspects of our work and google Print. My purpose is to compare the two, talking about their genesis, the realities of collections and logistics, and the worries that arise from these realities.

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