Friday, January 23, 2009

Robert Darnton on "Google & the Future of Books"

Robert Darnton, Head of Harvard’s Libraries, has an interesting article, Google & the Future of Books, in the latest NY Review of Books. A strong advocate of the democratization of knowledge, Darnton ponders the Google book digitization project (Harvard’s libraries were among the first to partner with Google in this initiative) and implications resulting from last October’s settlement of a class action suit brought by authors and publishers. Darnton asks provocative questions – drawing much from the background of the Enlightenment and the Republic of Letters!


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