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The library of Google

The Google search engine is making many of the world's great libraries available online. Is this an advance for scholarship, or, as a French librarian argues, a victory for Anglo-Saxon bias and trivialisation?

By prospect   February 2007

On the whole I am not an addictive type, but I must admit to a weakness for libraries. My unconscious mind, lethargic about many things, is always primed with pretexts for a visit to the Bodleian, or a great overseas library, or some quirky special collection. It can always conjure up an urgent need to look at a book that has probably not been opened for 200 years, or to see what some classic text looked like before modern editors took it into their heads to modernise its spelling and punctuation, and perhaps its meaning too. I know that my…

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