The Rejection of the Amended Google Book Settlement Agreement: A Librarian’s Perspective

Mark Giangrande, Jun 22, 2011

Much of the discussion surrounding the ASA considers the economic power that Google would have if it was approved and the impact on Google’s book selling competitors. However, the point that seems secondary in this analysis, the actual content of the scanned books, is, from a librarian’s perspective, very important. Having online access to the contents of the book collection from a library such as the University of Michigan would be remarkable in and of itself. Adding collections from other great academic library systems such as the Universities of Texas, California, and more would create a unique resource with unparalleled research opportunities.