Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Google Library Print Project Represents A Full Circle
John Battelle has more on today's anouncement of Google's program to digitize the libraries of Michigan, Harvard, Oxford, and the New York Public Library, as well as this New York Times article. One interesting point is that to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin this represents them coming back to their roots, since Google began as a Stanford project to organize data. Maybe now Page and Brin can finally complete their Stanford degrees while they're at Stanford? Those freakin' slackers; taking a six-year leave from college to start a multi-billion dollar company.
Anyway, Battelle takes a look at other book-scanning projects, such as Amazon's and Project Gutenberg, as well as the revenue model for Google Print. If this takes off and Google scans a lot of books, they stand to make a lot of money, and finally diversify their revenue streams.