05th Feb 2007, by Andrew Barr

GOOGLE’S MOON SHOT, The Book Digitization Project

I read a rather bewitching article today about google's book digitization project - something I'd not heard about until today.

Did you know that google are currently scanning in tens of thousands of books each week and plan to have every book every book ever published in the world scanned and in their databases in ten years time? (Nobody knows how many books that is but it's thought to be over 30 million).

Their plan is to make all the text searchable and they have developed scanning software specifically for the project. The beta version of this site is up here: books.google.com.

The article was in The New Yorker, read it here

Google, hiring at a rate of 50 new people per week and with more than 10 thousand employees' corporate philosophy is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Does this send a shiver down anyone elses spine?

the new yorker

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