Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Virtual Library in the Making

Google is planning to announce an agreement with the major research libraries as a result of which printed material from these libraries will be put online. Apparently Google is looking to make a searchable database of books and research material - a virtual library. More details in this news story

2 comments:

Rafay Bin Ali said...

A good idea. But what about copyright and royalties and other. Reading this reminded me of a news story i read a while back related to formation of a digital library in Pakistan. Wonder if the idea ever materialized????Didnt come across any story on it after that.

M Tabraiz Feham said...

The project is called "Google Print" http://print.google.com

The search is already available in scanned books. A search of "Books About Biology" return the books which are relevant to Biology.

As far as copyrights issues are concerned, the Google Print project is aimed at facilitating the user in finding books according to their requirements, with some relevant text showing, Google provides the link to websites such as Amazon.com so that you can purchase that book.
But nevertheless the books which have no copyrights would be available to be skimmed completely.

M Tabraiz Feham
Google Maniac :)