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

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At the dawn of the e-book 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.


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TheBattle for Books

Excellent short, digital format book that combines easy reading with clearly well-researched and documented information about something that is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the digital library of the future. A great read. Worth every penny

The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Create the World's Biggest Library
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Internet
  • Published: Nov 20, 2012
  • Publisher: GigaOM Books
  • Seller: Giga Omni Media, Inc.
  • Print Length: 43 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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