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Friday, March 31, 2006

Google's literary land grab

Publisher Nigel Newton calls for a boycott of the Google search engine in protest at its plans to scan books
If you click on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in Google Book Search, you may find yourself taking an unexpected journey. Google's ambient advertising programme hotlinks to a dating agency called Great Expectations Dating ("Find Your True Love Today"). How crass is that? We can be sure that Dickens would have thought it so. Indeed, he would probably have reserved a special vituperation for Google's literary land-grab.

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