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June 29, 2008



LP, Merrilee said she'd stop by here -- I posted a comment on the RLG blog ( pointing her to you. Let us know if you get a response.


It sounds like Google Books is an awful lot like a used book store. You never know exactly what is missing in the books you buy, except that Google Books is free.

Merrilee Proffitt

Hi LP, sorry it took some time to get back to you. I haven't used Google Books as seriously as you have (my avocation is thinking about libraries, not actually using them -- I'm not an academic). I believe you, and I feel your pain.

I wasn't actually addressing the usability of Google Books for getting at materials, but pointing out that the Google Books will put pressures on print collections for those materials that are in copyright. For in copyright materials, books will be more discoverable, but still tantalizing out of reach digitally -- you will need to borrow (from your library or get via ILL) or purchase. What you are saying is that even for the out of copyright materials, what Google is providing isn't enough, so you too will need to resort to the print. Interesting.

Merrilee Proffitt

Duh, meant vocation. Or, I need to get a life.

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