Google: The world’s digital library?

Today’s NYT has an article on Apple’s recent announcements. Randall Stross, the author, notes in passing:

Google has a near monopoly on the digital library business, which enables it to do very well with advertizing that monetizes eyeballs.[May require registration: Digital Domain: After 20 Years, Finally Capitalizing on Cool]

The choice of words is interesting … and worrying 😉
When the Google/Library digitization plans were announced I was interested in the volume of publicity they attracted. And in the fact that very little of the publicity remarked on the prior strides of libraries into the digital space …

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  1. I saw that google digital library terminology last night too. very odd and presumptive, and yet for the users, more than a modicum of truth. a larger issue perhaps is whether the term will come to be defined through google’s content acquisition strategies and the services it provides.

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