No holds barred cage match.  Well not exactly.  If  you’re on the “Google is Evil” side then you should check out the Hathitrust Digital Repository.  In the spirit of digital=accessible, a group of 25 university libraries have contributed their digital collections (though not all in full-text) to this open access project.  Ironically many of the digital versions of books included here sport the “digitized by Google” brand along with “Original from….” branding so even those with a sense of suspicion over Google’s long term vision for their Google Book Search project, will have to concede a certain amount of gratitude for the search engine giant’s efforts to preserve culture (despite potential long term commercial monopolization of digital versions).

Check out their stats so far:

Currently Digitized

2,913,728 volumes
1,019,804,800 pages
108 terabytes
34 miles
2,367 tons
452,740 volumes (~16% of total)
in the public domain

To learn more about the Google Book Search Settlement from a library perspective, check out this collection of links from Library Journal.

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