OUP on the Google Book Settlement

Nice piece in the Chronicle of Higher Ed from Tim Barton (president of Oxford Uni Press in the USA) in support of the Google Book settlement. Won’t go into the details of that here, but there’s a Jeff Jarvis line I use a bit  – print is where books go to die. Barton emphasises a corollary of that:

What once seemed at least debatable has now become irrefutable: If it’s not online, it’s invisible. While increasing numbers of long-out-of-date, public-domain books are now fully and freely available to anyone with a browser, the vast majority of the scholarship published in book form over the last 80 years is today largely overlooked by students, who limit their research to what can be discovered on the Internet.

(Via Clay Shirky)


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