I did a search in Google Book Search on the word "digitization." One of the books that was retrieved was Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access written by Steven T Puglia, Jeffrey Reed, and Erin Rhodes. The full-text of this book is available because it was published with a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license, even though it is copyrighted.
Now I think having the full-text available is very cool. I could see recommending that someone read the book at the Google web site IF the resolution was better. True, someone who is patient -- and doesn't mind fuzzy type -- could read the book through Google. More likely either a person would use it electronically to look up something specific in the book or they would order a hardcopy version.
So true to its mission, Google has allowed me to find a useful book and linked me to sources for obtaining a readable full-text. The user in me, though, wishes I could read it in Google. Would I be willing to pay something to see a clearer version of the book? Only if I could also download a copy to my hard drive, too. Maybe that is an option they are already considering?
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