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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Thursday, September 06, 2007

    Google Book Search as an e-book library

    The New York Times reported yesterday that
    Google plans to start charging users for full online access to the digital copies of some books in its database, according to people with knowledge of its plans. Publishers will set the prices for their own books and share the revenue with Google.
    Up until now, Google has only been able to allow full access to the out-of-copyright books in its digitised collection. There has been an ongoing 'debate' in which publishers disputed Google's right to include their books, seeing it as a breach of copyright despite the fact that search results only showed short extracts surrounding the search terms. This move may well signal a way forward such that - at least for participating publishers - Google can be seen as an e-book library as well as a book-text search engine.

    The same article also reports on progress on Amazon's entry into the e-book reader market - the Kindle, which is expected to have reference works packaged with it. The Kindle also has its own wireless network access to enable Mobipocket-format e-books to be downloaded directly without the need of a PC.

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