YouTube copyright lawsuits mount, I reported earlier this week. YouTube parent Google’s world information domination ambitions continue to mount as well.
"Manifest Destiny was a phrase that expressed the belief that the
The Google offline to online manifest destiny is to acquire all the world’s books, via their digitization that is.
“Google Book Search becomes more comprehensive” Google announces to the world’s book lovers today, in its typically Google to the world’s rescue fashion:
Google Book Search allows you to instantly search the full text of over a million digitized books, but we thought that wasn't quite enough. Now when you search you'll get both digitized book results as well as records for millions of other books that still just exist in the analog world.
Why is Google doing this? The Googley pitch:
We're doing this because we want to offer users the most comprehensive book search in the world - whether it's a book you can read online now, preview samples, see a few snippets, or just read what others have written about this book. We’re still very busy digitizing millions more books, but want to make as much discoverable as possible today.
Who can argue with benevolent Google?
Anyone that believes it is NOT in the public’s best interest for a single multi-billion dollar corporation to ACTUALLY control ALL the world’s information, and be the world’s librarian, to boot.
Next stop for Google Book Search? Google.com Universal Search, of course!