Google has made a deal with 12 universities to digitize an additional 10 million books as part of its continuing Google Library project. Like other books already included, the public will be able to search and read the text of many of them online.
The 12 universities are part of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of mostly Midwestern universities. It includes the University of Chicago and Indiana, Northwestern, and Pennsylvania State Universities.
Google has already digitally scanned well over a million other books, many from other university libraries. The digitized copies include public-domain and copyrighted works, much to the chagrin of publishers. Although Google minimizes the access the public gets to copyrighted works, publishers have sued Google for making digital copies of their books without their permission.—Dan Carnevale