Was macht eigentlich … Google Books

Fragt Jennifer Howard auf EdSurge (via VÖBBLOG). Lesenswert!

Es soll weitergehen, beteuert Google:

„For more than ten years, Google has been committed to increasing the reach of the knowledge and art contained in books by making them discoverable and accessible from a simple query,” Satyajeet Salgar, product manager for Google Books, said via email.” We are continuing to digitize and add books to this world-changing index, improving the quality of our image-processing algorithms and the effectiveness of search, and plan to carry on doing so for years to come. We are proud to continuously make it easier for people to find books to read and conduct deep research using this product.“

Zu HathiTrust:

„It now contains more than 15.7 million volumes. Taking into account multi-volume journals and duplicate copies, that’s about 8 million unique items, about 95 percent of them from Google’s scanning.“

Howard bezieht sich unter anderem auf einen Artikel von James Somer im Atlantic: Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria. “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”

Ich habe übrigens angefangen, einige wichtige Beiträge zu Google Books mit

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