People who love books and read books and people who like books are real big fans of Google wanting to consume all the books and put them on the Inter-webs. There are a few reasons for this. One, it will stop people buying books, because anything on-line can, with a little work and patience, be gotten for free. Seriously. And, two, we are all worried about the end times, when the computers shut down and all these wonderful computers are lost. Still, there is a reason why this is a bad idea. It is call, “Copyright”. From the BBC News, by Bill Thompson:
It is, rather, that the settlement gives only Google these privileges, and places one company in a prime position to become the world’s de facto librarian instead of encouraging open access, open standards and a plurality of services and service providers. Neither Google nor any other company should be entrusted with that responsibility, and nothing in the detail of the agreement or the funds that will be made available to authors as a consequence can change this.
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Google is Skynet! Actually, I think this is the first time that I’ve actually said that.