Jeff Roberts has written a compelling, fast-paced and thoroughly absorbing account of the creation of the greatest — and most controversial — accumulation of knowledge the world has ever known.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
GigaOM, a global technology media company, today released its newest ebook, The Battle for the Books: Inside Google’s Gambit to Create the World’s Biggest Library. The book follows the development of the Google Books project starting with its germination as a side project that Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page took on while at Stanford and examines the struggles, innovations and legal hurdles involved in digitizing books.
Available for download for $2.99, The Battle for the Books tells a technology story through interviews with people inside the project and humanizes challenging concepts like the intricacies of copyright and long-running tensions between publishers and authors. The story also reveals how librarians’ traditional role as cultural guardians is evolving in the digital age.
At the dawn of the ebook era, librarians predicted it would take 1,000 years to scan the world’s books. Then Google set about to do it in five. Even by the search giant’s standards, it was a bold move. As Google beat a path to the door of the world’s libraries and proceeded to scan everything from War and Peace to Watership Down, the company’s quest to build the largest library triggered a power struggle of massive proportions. Author Jeff John Roberts gives the first detailed account of Google’s grand plan to build a modern day Library of Alexandria and shows how Google’s gambit spawned a heated debate around the battle for knowledge.
"Jeff Roberts has written a compelling, fast-paced and thoroughly absorbing account of the creation of the greatest — and most controversial — accumulation of knowledge the world has ever known," said James Stewart, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist for The New York Times.
The Battle for the Books provides rare insight into how Google really works. The company's approach to the book project reveals the audacity of its corporate thinking which goes head-to-head against the more collegial, community-minded approach of librarians. The cast of characters is a fascinating, passionate assembly of people who care deeply about the future of information and share a belief that everyone should have access to all the world's knowledge — including Dan Clancy, Google's chief evangelist on the project, and patrician Harvard librarian Robert Darnton, who led a sometimes personal crusade against the project.
Jeff John Roberts is a staff writer for GigaOM’s paidContent, reporting on large media companies and legal issues affecting the development of online media. A lawyer and journalist, he has been covering copyright issues for the past 10 years, and has followed Google Books closely since 2009, including attending most of the court hearings in the copyright case.
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