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From Timo Hannay, of Nature Publishing Group ...

So while Google has to mature, it is publishers and politicians who still have the most to do. They must adapt their businesses and laws to work in a new, unfamiliar land edging into view on the horizon, a place that our children are already colonising. This is a world in which our abilities to find, reinvent and share are being set free from the limits of the physical world. The future is a foreign country; they do things differently there. [..::: EPS Online Debate :::..]
From the Googledebate run by EPS. A focus on how Google is impacting the publishing industry with invited contributions from sundry parties. Surprised not to have seen more mention of it.

Comments: 0

Dec 02, 2005
K.G. Schneider

What a grossly arrogant comment about the future. There we go again: if we don't fully endorse the mystical wonderfulness of it all, we're throwbacks. My first reaction to his comment (a la Hemingway's response to Fitzgerald) was "Yes, they have more money..."

Dec 02, 2005
Lorcan Dempsey

This is a play on the line in L.P.Hartley's The Go-between:

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

Dec 02, 2005
John Kirriemuir

The varied attitudes of publishers to the perceived/actual "threat" of Google is interesting.

Here's the perspective of one publisher (for people outwith the UK, Mr Rees-Mogg is also a well known journalist, peer, and ex-editor of The Times):

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,923-1893982,00.html

I am surprised by some of the statements and attitudes, which don't strike me as entirely rational. For example:

�Our books are designed for the archival market. They are stitched, on acid-free paper, with durable cloth bindings. They will last for centuries. Electronic systems of storage have no such archival reliability.�

That�s very nice for him, but my local or mobile library have no �centuries-old� books, whereas I can download electronic books from a wide range of sources � a scenario I see no reason of changing into the future.