In light of the recent Google Books/APA settlement, Harvard has examined the details and decided not to be part of the project after all.
Harvardâ€™s university-library director, Robert C. Darnton, wrote in a letter to the library staff, â€œthe settlement provides no assurance that the prices charged for access will be reasonable, especially since the subscription services will have no real competitors [and] the scope of access to the digitized books is in various ways both limited and uncertain.â€ He also expressed concern about the quality of the scanned books, which â€œin many cases will be missing photographs, illustrations, and other pictorial works, which will reduce their utility for research.â€
Update: According to the comments, I had this sort of wrong. Harvard is deciding to not have Google scan their copyrighted books but the digitzation project proceeds apace. Thanks Jon.
2 thoughts on “Harvard decides to opt out of Google book scanning”
Like mentioned on a couple other sites, it seems Harvard isn’t changing anything but re-affirming their current policy that Google doesn’t get in-copyrighted books to scan.
The faq on the project:
It seems a bit of questionable reporting for the article. What seems to happen was the settlement caused them to re-consider in-copyright works, but they ultimately decided that it was not the time for it. That doesn’t mean they’ve decided not to be part of the project.
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