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Google Print rocks. Turn the page

Google's justly hyped Google Print service is now available online in a searchable form. Google searching has acquired such an acceptability that when I tell someone that I could not find a particular information on Google, they think I don't know how to search. Centuries of printed knowledge, however, is not online, and Google Print may change that. It's a great leap forward in the democratisation of knowledge. And since knowledge is power, the world's intellectual elites will have to continuously devise new ways of staying on the top!

Already, I can find very useful books there (and yes, 'Indian' books), ranging from Suvir Kaul's excellent compilation of essays on The Partitions of Memory to Katherine Frank's gossipy biography of Indira Gandhi. And you know how you end up finding delightful titles that you otherwise won't: such as Dinners With Famous Women: From Cleopatra to Indira Gandhi.

So what will happen to Amazon and others selling books online?

The French, always eager to overreact, think that Google Print is another step in the establishment of Anglo-American cultural imperialism, and President Jacques Chirac wants the EU to consider the matter as seriously as all French noises should be. Google, on its part, claims to be more magnanimous.

The French can't understand that market forces will eventually benefit them too, and the publishing industry doesn't want to accept that the world is changing.









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-- Anonymous Radha Goswami, 4/29/2005 05:03:00 AM

Hey, are books really available for free on Google Print? The Google website tells publishers:

Your content is secure. Users will only be able to view a limited portion of your book.

I got that from here

Good blog though!

Cheers
Radha    



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