Google Book Search Update

For those of you following the debates around Google Book Search:

The January 2007 issue of Walt Crawford’s newsletter Cites & Insights has a great perspective piece on the past year’s developments related to Google Book Search. The developments discussed include:
-University of Michigan’s portion of Google Book Search
-the Google Librarian Newsletters
-improvements to Google Book Search (“Find this book in a library” and “Find libraries” links)
-University of California joins Google Library Project
-Google’s usage guidelines
-some publishers admitting that Google Book Search is helping sales
-value of using Google Book Search at the library reference desk
-University of Wisconsin at Madison, Complutense University of Madrid, and the University of Virginia Library all joining the project
-Google subpoenaed information on the book digitization efforts of Amazon and Yahoo!

Crawford refers to an extensive array of blog posts, websites, and newspaper and magazine articles to highlight the benefits and flaws of this Google project.

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