Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Google Books

I was just reading more about Google Books new agreement with libraries:
Google Book Settlement Agreement

There were a couple of things that sounded like we should pay attention to.
-- The in-copyright, out of print books that Google had scanned from libraries had previously only had snippet views. Now they will allow page views like other books.
-- People will be able to pay to access full books online (including out-of-print books).
-- Libraries will be able to purchase subscriptions so that their users can access the books. (I wonder how much that will cost?)

1 Comments:

  • At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is important to realize that this is not an agreement with libraries, it is an agreement between Google and the people who were suing them -- the Authors Guild and a group of publishers. Libraries, even the ones providing the books that are being digitized, did not have a voice in the settlement and will not have a voice in the Books Rights Registry. The question of how much the institutional subscriptions will cost is a very good one.

     

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