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Google opens new chapter as millions of books go into its online library

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/11/2009

Murad Ahmed and Mary Bowers

"Controversial plans by Google to digitise millions of out-of-print books to create the world's biggest online library have been approved by British publishing groups and authors.

"The landmark deal between Google and authors' associations in America is a watered-down version of the original plans. The new deal will still enable tens of thousands of British writers to profit, as readers can search millions of works, read extracts online and buy full copies.

"Works from the US, Britain, Canada and Australia will be used, but under the proposals about 95 per cent of non-US books from the original deal will not be covered. Although the service will be available only in the US, Google said that it would expand to other countries including Britain. The company said that it had already copied ten million books, seven million of which were out of print. It could not say which ones yet because of legal reasons."

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"Google opens new chapter as millions of books go into its online library", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2009. Consulté le 29/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/google-opens-new-chapter-as-millions-of-books-go-into-its-online-library