Google expands book digitisation service with Californian universities deal

Google has signed up the University of California for its Google Book Search service, which sees Google digitising the content of millions of books to be accessed through its web portal.

Google has signed up the University of California for its Google Book Search service, which sees Google digitising the content of millions of books to be accessed through its web portal.

Google will have access to the books contained in the University of California’s 100 libraries across ten campuses.

Google’s service has attracted controversy as it includes the scanning of portions of books still under copyright. Books out of copyright are fully scanned.

Book publishers and authors of copyrighted books have started legal action against Google over the service, but Google has already signed up the US Library of Congress, and Oxford, Harvard and Stanford universities for its service, among others.

The University of California is also allowing its books to be digitised by the Open Content Alliance (OCA), which is led by the non-profit Internet Archive, Yahoo and Microsoft.

The OCA only scans books out of copyright. The financial terms of the University of California deal with Google have not been disclosed.


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