Google’s struck a deal with the U of M, and will digitize vast swaths of the U’ s academic collection. One million books will be scanned at a “secret location” – presumably an underwater base guarded by robot sharks – and nine million additional books will come from other institutions. It would cost the U $60 to scan a book; Google somehow does it for less. The result will be a collection that makes the fabled Library of Alexandria look like a creaky metal paperback rack in a small-town Rexall. It’ll be the greatest library in the world-except, of course, for the fact that you can’t go there. But why would you want to? It comes to you. That’s the Google promise. It all comes to you. Free!
BTW: Pretty soon a committee of bloggers is going to have to pay a visit to James and suggest all this productivity is beginning to scare everybody else. Just because James can effortlessly turn out 10,000 words a day doesn’t mean every blogger can.