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Inspired by Google Books?

March 5th, 2007 at 10:54am

The National Library of Australia announced that it has entered into a contract with Apex Publishing to support a major newspaper digitisation program which will commence later this year.

The Library will use Apex’s services to build a database covering the period 1803 to 1954 using one major newspaper from each state and territory. From early 2008 the Library expects to offer a new online service to enable full text searching of these newspapers and viewing of the content free of charge.

Sounds remarkably similar, but much less controversial than Google Books.

Samuel

Entry Filed under: General News,IT News

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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  March 5th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Free ? Three cheers for the National Library !

    Ummmm .. what’s controversial about Google Books ?

  • 2. Samuel  |  March 5th, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Book publishers, for the most part, haven’t been thrilled with the idea of Google scanning in their books and making them partially publicly accessible. Probably more hysteria than anything else as Google’s publication conditions are pretty clear and seem reasonable to me.


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