First Google Print books unveiled
Friday, November 4, 2005
On Thursday, Google announced the first major expansion of Google Print -- allowing visitors to search and read a further 10,000 texts via the project's website. The new additions are out-of-copyright American literature and historical documents from the 19th century.
This initial expansion comprises documents from the New York Public Library and the libraries of Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, and the University of Michigan. In a formal statement, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman said, "Today we welcome the world to our library. As educators we are inspired by the possibility of sharing these important works with people around the globe."
Since its initial announcement, the project has been the subject of legal threats from publishing companies and authors who want to ensure that Google does not scan and distribute copyrighted material without permission. As a result of the legal action the scanning of copyrighted material has been on hold, and there has been speculation that the project was a failure. However, Google has announced that it restarted scanning copyrighted works from the 1st of November.
- "Publishers seek injunction against Google Print" — Wikinews, October 20, 2005
- "Google sued by thousands of authors over Google Print" — Wikinews, September 22, 2005