Archive for May 30th, 2009

The Googlopoly and You

30 May 2009

By Juliana Adelman

google booksEven if you are not a user of Google Book Search, you cannot afford to ignore its existence.  If you are a published author Google may already have scanned your book(s) and may be allowing people to search their full text via the web.  And of course surrounding it with ads based on the content.  If your book isn’t up yet, just wait a while.  They are scanning thousands of volumes every single day.  In some ways Google Book Search could be, and already is, a great boon to historical research.  For books that are scanned you can search them in ways not previously possible, finding needle after needle in the printed haystack.  But authors and publishers are concerned about the impact on the publishing industry and on copyright, librarians are waiting for the bad news on the price of yet another subscription search engine and historians have been critical of the errors already being propagated.  Read More