B – Google’s vision for books

Barron P. The library of the future: Google’s vision for books. Learned Publishing 2011:24:197-201
(doi: 10.1087/20110307)

Much of the world’s most useful information is locked within books and it is stored offline. As a consequence, the vast majority of books ever written are not accessible to the majority of people. In this article the author, Google’s Director of External Relations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, points out some of the huge opportunities that lie ahead in the relationship between the Internet and the world of books. He discusses Google’s vision of the power and value to society of its book digitization programme, Google Books, launched in 2004 with the aim of bringing as many as possible of the world’s books online.