Google and the Super Library

Google’s Book Search service is just one part of the Library Project, in which the internet engine has teamed up with libraries around the world, including the Bodleian in Oxford, to digitise collections and make millions of books available and searchable online. The scale of Google’s ambition is comparable to the Ptolemies, the kings of Egypt who created the great library at Alexandria in the 3rd century BC: not just a collection of books, but the very distillation of human knowledge.

In an article which appears in The Times, Ben Macintyre discusses some of the questions the project raises.

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