Possibly Out-Googling Google

The Chronicle of Higher Education’sThe Wired Campus” reports today on an interesting effort to Out-Google Google. See Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine.

Google Book Search Bibliography

Google Book Search Bibliography

by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
Publisher, Digital Scholarship

This bibliography presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Book Search. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. . . .

Source:  The Chronicle of Higher Education The Wired CampusThe post, by Catherine Rampell notes that the author of the bibliography, Charles W. Bailey, Jr.,

 . . . has written extensively about Google Book Search as well as open access and e-books.


Note: The Stanford Law Library is a participant in the Google Books project.  Here’s more information about Stanford’s involvement.


And today Mr. Bailey just posted to law-lib a post about his  “Version 72, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography.”

Version 72 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. This selective bibliography presents over 3,250 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that areuseful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

This version adds hundreds of links to freely availablejournal articles from publishers as well as to e-prints ofpublished articles housed in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. All article references were checked for the availability of such free content.

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E-Books. Is the tide turning?

I see a much greater recent acceptance and use of e-books by our students.   A few earlier stabs with electronic casebooks here at the law school went nowhere, but this past year I’ve seen several students stop by the reference desk with an e-book open on their laptops.  Maybe the time has come for us to take a closer look.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Wired Campus feature made this note last Friday:

Research Libraries Embrace E-Books

Sixty-nine percent of university research libraries plan to increase spending on e-books over the next two years, according to a recent study published by Primary Research Group Inc. . . . 

Clearly e-book technology has improved dramatically in a short period of time. Only a year-and-a-half-ago college librarians were saying that e-books were not ready for the campus environment.


The study shows that the larger the library the more interested it is in purchasing e-books. And it also shows that foreign libraries are more attracted to e-books, than libraries in the U.S.—Andrea L. Foster

And L. Gordon Crovitz’s “Information Age” column in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Social Networking in the Digital Age,” includes this little bit of related information:

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos disclosed [at The D: All Things Digital conference] that for books available on the Kindle electronic reader, some 6% of Amazon sales are now for the digital version. He enjoys physical books, but their future is in doubt now that there is the more powerful way of reading through electronic devices.

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