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UW gets deal with Google

July 13, 2009

Just in case we don’t have enough books in our library system, the university has reached a deal with Google to provide students millions of books electronically.

The university says readers across the country will be able to preview its books for free and buy access to the full texts online.

In addition, universities, colleges and public libraries will be able to offer access to their students through subscriptions.

Every public and university library will also receive one license to provide free online viewing of millions of books at designated computers.

The new agreement revises a deal struck between UW-Madison and Google in 2006. So far, more than 200,000 works have been digitized.

So, does that mean we’re not going to read all of these books in full – just preview them? Is that drastically different than google books now? I probably don’t understand.

Nevertheless, I will take the opportunity to remind all of us who are still students of the incredible privilege of having access to our library system. Practically every book ever deemed worth reading is at your disposal – for free. It makes buying a book a sin of upmost stupidity, however, it makes remaining illiterate in college an even greater offense.