Editorial: Going beyond Google Books

Daily Princetonion – “One way to both reconcile this disparity between the profit motives of Google and the academic goals of Princeton, as well as to contribute to a more stable, long-term initiative, is for Princeton to join the HathiTrust. This promising nonprofit database started by Indiana University and the University of Michigan now includes 25 large university partners intent on creating a permanent database of digitized books not subject to the economic pressures corporations face. Princeton’s participation in this project would be fairly easy thanks to the fact that the University has digital images of the books Google has scanned. Under the agreement, Princeton reserves the right to use these images as it chooses, and it could easily add them to the HathiTrust database.”

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