Google’s Failed Book Scanning Project

This piece by The Atlantic’s James Somers on Google’s failed book-scanning project is excellent. It’s decently long-form, so my short summary won’t do it justice. But Google spent $400 million and an incredible amount of time and resources scanning 25 million books from libraries across the world. The result of that work is a database at Google HQ that no one, save a handful of engineers who maintain its storage, can access.

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