DPLA, courtesy of Google?

In the New Yorker, Robert Darnton argues for a Digital Public Library of America – and suggests that Google should help:

Google has demonstrated the possibility of transforming the intellectual riches of our libraries, books lying inert and underused on shelves, into an electronic database that could be tapped by anyone anywhere at any time. Why not adapt its formula for success to the public good—a digital library composed of virtually all the books in our greatest research libraries available free of charge to the entire citizenry, in fact, to everyone in the world?

 

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