I've had two e-mails wondering if I saw the news. Yes, I had. Another large company is diving into digitizing books.
I had hoped, when the first book digitization project was announced, that those who are not involved in the project would be able to learn from the project. I had hoped that those involved would share what they were learning and that the rest of us would "do better" because of what we could learn from them. I want them to blaze a trail and leave some markers along the way.
That hasn't happened because of the competition and thus the need for non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
And so Microsoft is entering the fray. Microsoft has done work, I believe, with natural language processing (NLP), so there could be some interesting twists to what they will produce. But will they disclose information about their process so that other projects will benefit from what the learn?
I'm not holding my breath.