Microsoft and Google in a race to create digital library
Both Microsoft and Google are separetly working towards plans to build global digital libraries. About 100,000 books in the British Library are going to be scanned and put online by Microsoft. The books, which are out of copyright, will be digitised from 2006 and put online as part of Microsoft’s book search service next year.
Google is spending $200m (?110m) to create a digital archive of millions of books from four top US libraries. It is also digitising out-of-copyright books from the UK’s Oxford University. The company`s plan was to make available and searchable for everyone on-line even books that are in print and under copyright protection. The iniciative was left aside when both he Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild filed legal action for copyright infringement.