>> >> [Pardon me, evidently the book
>> >> is no longer available on-line. Google says it was "Drenched", whateve=
>> >> that means.
>> It turns out that if I wait another few minutes the actual book is
>> there, but the "THIS BOOK IS DRENCHED" =A0is the first thing to appear.
>> Further research shows that this message shows up on about 40-50 books
>> which were digitized by Osmania University, and means that immediately
>> after digitizing the book they purged the physical book from their
>> I learn something new every day.
>Well, library space costs money and they're getting smaller and
>smaller. That's how Google is getting some many places to give them
Could it be related to the "scan it in, and then let _one_
person at a time view it" proposal?
Here's a post I made elsewhere, under the heading
"why we contine to love Stewart Brand"
from a WSJ article describing the latest pursuit by those granola cruncher
mushy heads (bless their hearts) at the Internet Archive. They, in
conjunction with a group of libraries, are scanning in lots and lots of
"out of print" but still copyrighted books and will make them available
via internet loan.
The legal loophole they're hoping will let them gain traction,
until Congress, et al, come to their senses, is that they'll
keep the original somewhere safe and only allow one e-book
version out at a time.
(If they get permission, they'll allow more)
Stewart Brand, author of the 1988 book "The Media Lab" - one of the
scanned books that will now be available for loan - said he didn't mind
seeing his title made available this way. Mr. Kahle at the Internet
Archive asked his permission, he said, and he gave it because he thinks
digitizing books has the potential to improve knowledge.
"I figure libraries are one of the major pillars of civilization, and in
almost every case what librarians want is what they should get," Mr. Brand
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
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