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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Google to Index Works from German Library

Google is regularly getting new libraries to partner with them for the Google Book Search program. The latest addition to Google’s book scanning frenzy is the Bavarian state library, the “Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.” According to a German press release by that library, the scope of this particular scanning project will be 100,000s of texts, with a lot of German language content, but also works in Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and English.

Interestingly enough, there’s a restriction here: unlike with many other libraries, Google will only be scanning those books which have passed into the copryight-free zone of the public domain (those they usually offer as “full view” from Google Book search).

While the library’s press release announces that soon these books will be accessible “to the whole world,” they’re forgetting that Google China’s book search is censored in a way that it displays China publications only.

[Thanks Mathias Schindler!]


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