The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Create the World's Biggest Library [NOOK Book]

Overview

At the dawn of the ebook era, librarians predicted it would take 1000 years to scan the world’s books. Then, one company set about to do it in five.

Even by the search giant's standards, it was a bold move. As Google beat a path to the door of the world’s libraries and proceeded to scan everything from War and Peace to Watership Down, the company's quest to build the largest...
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The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Create the World's Biggest Library

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Overview

At the dawn of the ebook era, librarians predicted it would take 1000 years to scan the world’s books. Then, one company set about to do it in five.

Even by the search giant's standards, it was a bold move. As Google beat a path to the door of the world’s libraries and proceeded to scan everything from War and Peace to Watership Down, the company's quest to build the largest library triggered a power struggle of massive proportions, as everyone from Amazon to the Justice Department and writers across the world rushed to halt the project.

In this compelling book, Jeff Roberts gives the first detailed account of Google’s grand plan to build a modern day Library of Alexandria and its subsequent undoing, and shows how Google’s gambit changed the way we view knowledge in the digital era.

"Excellent and beautifully written"
— Bruce Clark, correspondent and former editor, The Economist

"Jeff Roberts has written a compelling, fast-paced, and thoroughly absorbing account of the creation of the greatest — and controversial — accumulation of knowledge the world has ever known."
— James Stewart, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015740523
  • Publisher: GigaOM Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 725 KB

Meet the Author

Jeff Roberts is a journalist and reporter who has written frequently about copyright and intellectual property issues. His writing has appeared in news publications like The New York Times and The Economist, and in scholarly journals like The Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property.
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