According to the document, the university will provide at least 2.5 million volumes to Google for scanning, starting with 600 books a day and ratcheting up over time to 3,000 volumes a day. Materials pulled for scanning will be back on the shelves of their libraries within 15 days.The contract outlines who will pay for what between Google and CPL, how each party can use the digitized materials, and how branding will be handled.
Everyone will find something of interest in this document. What I find interesting is that the books can go off-site to a site selected by Google for digitization. (The agreement uses the words "provided by" and "controlled by", but does not say "owned by.") The external facility will be named in the project plan. The agreement also says:
Google will use reasonable commercial efforts to ensure that Selected Content is returned within ten (10) business days of its being scanned or after a determination is made by Google that Selected Content will not be scanned. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Google agrees that no materials in a Project will be off University's shelves for longer than fifteen (15) business days or for a longer period as may be specified in the Project Plan.I know of a facility that was bulking up during the spring and was hiring more technicians to do actual digitization; all in anticipation of a project that was coming. There is nothing out in public that connects this contract with that facility/vendor, so I'll not publicly tie the two together, since it may be pure coincidence. However, I would have to wonder about the impact on 3,000 books a day on any digitization facility. How many book scanners -- running 24/7 -- would you need? Even if the scanners are doing 1,200 - 3,000 pages per hour, that is a tremendous load. (The automated book scanners by Kirtas and 4DigitalBooks fall within that range.)
Of course, the confidentiality portion of the agreement will ensure that we may not know how things proceed and what problems (or successes) they have. Will they really be able to do 3,000 books per day? Maybe someone will give us a clue.
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