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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Watch out Amazon.com, here comes Google

According to this WSJ story (subscription required):

In a dramatic expansion to an existing Google service that makes books searchable online, the Mountain View, Calif., company will scan the entire library of the University of Michigan, which includes seven million volumes. It also will make available online large parts of the libraries at Stanford University and the University of Oxford, as well as books from Harvard University and the New York Public Library.

The initiative has the potential to change the way people view their libraries, as they are able to find information from books without ever setting foot in the library itself. It also intensifies Google's competition with Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc., which itself offers a service for searching within books.

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