After significant resistance, largely from the Association of American Publishers, Google has revised its Google Print policy. Launched in October, Google Print is an initiative to make the full-text of books searchable through both a traditional Google search and also a customized search that indexes the libraries of several major universities.
While Google sees this service as a win for both book publishers and their millions of users, some publishers are claiming the electronic publication of copyrighted print materials could lead to the same types of issues prevalent in the illegal sharing and distribution of music files. For more information read the August 15, 2005 eSchool News article, “Google halts book-scanning project”.
Is this a slippery slope or should the world’s knowledge be available to everyone, regardless of geography? I wonder, how long can we try and suppress knowledge?