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January 22, 2007

No More Books?

by @ 9:25 am. Filed under Registry Ops, Current Events, Technology

This morning I was struck by a headline I read in Google News…quote, “Could This Be the Final Chapter in the Life of the Book”. Can you believe it? The end of books? The headline made me think of this registry…As you know we have put great effort into converting from a paper based system to an electronic image system. In my opinion it is going to happen both at registries of deeds and in the wide-world of books.… The “final chapter” headline was motivated by an agreement made between the University of Texas and Google. During
the multi-year agreement between the parties, Google plans to digitize one million books in the University’s library. Using Google Book Search Internet users will be able to search, view and read the electronic books…and the University of Texas is not alone…Google has also partnered with the University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and the New York Public Library. In all Google has agreed to digitize over 30 million books in these libraries…and Microsoft is also getting in the act. Bill Gates and company are working with the British Library and will scan 100,000 books in 2007 alone. Of course, there is a major copyright issue at hand…yet the project is still going forward.

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