Microsoft to digitize 100,000 Books from British Library

Microsoft to digitize 100,000 Books from British Library

Google Print has got some serious competition from Microsoft. The software giant has now announced that they are going to digitize around 100,000 books from the archives of the famed British Library. They announced yesterday that they have signed on a deal to scan and put online 100,000 books from the British Library. As a result, the readers would be able to search through around 25 million pages of material next year without having to visit the library in London or pay any fee.

The software company is investing close to USD 2.5 million for the project for now. However, they have further plans to expand their scope of number of books to be scanned in the future. Microsoft has started this program to compete with the Google Print program, which has been under criticism for its interference with the copyright laws. After two lawsuits, Google itself has announced that they would be concentrating more on the content, which has no copyright attached to it.

Microsoft itself has decided that they would be choosing books only from the older end of the library’s vast collection of 13 million titles, as these have long fallen out of copyright. Yahoo! is the other tech giant, which has announced their own plans of digitizing non-copyrighted work to make it searchable on the net to help users get access to the content available in the huge libraries of the world.

British Library’s Chief Executive Lynne Brindley said in a statement about their collaboration with Microsoft: “This is great news for research and scholarship and will give unparalleled access to our vast collections to people all over the world: They will be available to anyone, anywhere and at anytime.”

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