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How badly is Google Books search broken, and why?
Partly this is the story that we all know: Google Books has failed to live up to its promise as the company has moved away from its original mission of organizing information for people. But the particular ways that it has actually eroded, including this one, are worth documenting, because it's easy to think that search tools that worked perfectly well a few years ago won't have been consciously degraded.
Googlebooks  google  ngram  digitalservices  from instapaper
may 2019 by laurenpressley
What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? | EdSurge News
But the promised library of everything hasn’t come into being. An epic legal battle between authors and publishers and the internet giant over alleged copyright violations dragged on for years. A settlement that would have created a Book Rights Registry and made it possible to access the Google Books corpus through public-library terminals ultimately died, rejected by a federal judge in 2011. And though the same judge ultimately dismissed the case in 2013, handing Google a victory that allowed it to keep on scanning, the dream of easy and full access to all those works remains just that.
googlebooks  google  bookscanning 
february 2019 by moonhouse
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic
have thousands of years of human knowledge, and probably the highest-quality knowledge is captured in books. (brin)
googlebooks  radlib 
october 2018 by barbarafister
Talk to Books from Google
Look for a book for a topic and it shows books which fit that question.
books  ela  iste18  reading  googlebooks 
june 2018 by amann
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic
"Page had always wanted to digitize books. Way back in 1996, the student project that eventually became Google—a “crawler” that would ingest documents and rank them for relevance against a user’s query—was actually conceived as part of an effort “to develop the enabling technologies for a single, integrated and universal digital library.” The idea was that in the future, once all books were digitized, you’d be able to map the citations among them, see which books got cited the most, and use that data to give better search results to library patrons. But books still lived mostly on paper. Page and his research partner, Sergey Brin, developed their popularity-contest-by-citation idea using pages from the World Wide Web. (..)
There’s actually a long tradition of technology companies disregarding intellectual-property rights as they invent new ways to distribute content. In the early 1900s, makers of the “piano rolls” that control player pianos ignored copyrights in sheet music and were sued by music publishers. The same thing happened with makers of vinyl records and early purveyors of commercial radio. In the 60s, cable operators re-aired broadcast TV signals without first getting permission and found themselves in costly litigation. Movie studios sued VCR makers. Music labels sued KazaA and Napster. (..)
“I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone,” Jack Valenti, then the president of the MPAA, testified before Congress. (..)
The tipping point toward a settlement of Authors Guild v. Google was the realization that it offered a way to skirt this problem entirely. Authors Guild was a class action lawsuit, and the class included everyone who held an American copyright in one or more books. In a class action, the named plaintiffs litigate on behalf of the whole class (though anyone who wants to can opt out).
So a settlement of the Authors Guild case could theoretically bind just about every author and publisher with a book in an American library. In particular, you could craft a deal in which copyright owners, as a class, agreed to release any claims against Google for scanning and displaying their books, in exchange for a cut of the revenue on sales of those books.
“If you have a kind of an institutional problem,” said Jeff Cunard, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton who represented the publishers in the case, “you can address the issue through a class-action settlement mechanism, which releases all past claims and develops a solution on a going-forward basis. And I think the genius here was of those who saw this as a way of addressing the problem of out-of-print books and liberating them from the dusty corners to which they’d been consigned.”"
google  googlebooks  books  scanning  copyright  technology  classaction  vcr  mprr  pianoroll  vinyl  radio  tv  napster  settlement  larrypage 
may 2018 by gohai
Spray on the Windows, by J.E. Buckrose
Ann Middleton chooses between the wealthy nephew of her employer and a disgraced neighbor, and then deals with the consequences.
books  fiction  JEBuckrose  1910s  byWomen  GoogleBooks  hotels&resorts  secretaries  romance  supernatural  poverty  boats 
may 2018 by redeemingqualities
The Starling, by Juliet Wilbor Tompkins
Sarah Cawthorne grows up being repressed by her emotionally abusive father and the tall hedge that surrounds her house. Then she writes a popular novel.
books  fiction  GoogleBooks  byWomen  JulietWilborTompkins  California  abuse  writers  journalists  1910s  nerves  parenting 
may 2018 by redeemingqualities

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