Microsoft announced today that it is pulling the plug on its book search and book digitizing projects. They say, “Based on our experience, we foresee that the best way for a search engine to make book content available will be by crawling content repositories created by book publishers and libraries.” Leaving the digitizing field open to Google and the Internet Archive folks. Interesting…very interesting. From the perspective of discovery, I suppose those who develop the search engine don’t have to be that same folks who digitize the content. In fact, as we move into a more and more digital future, it’s likely that publishers will be doing most of the the work, and, one hopes, exposing the data to crawlers.
Posted by: Steven Harris | May 23, 2008