“I was disappointed the Google settlement didn’t come to fruition. There was a lot of public interest served. And, while I appreciate concerns about Google and its potential hold on the book market, the agreement certainly left the door open for others to do what Google has done.”
— University Librarian Wendy Lougee of the University of Minnesota on the federal court blocking of Google’s book digitization settlement with the book industry over antitrust concerns. Like other universities, the U has has been shipping library books to Google — a million in this case — so they can be digitized and held in a massive digital archive.