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Google Books Chronicled In New GigaOM Book

Google scanned its first book ten years ago, the first step in its quest to change how books are accessed and read. This move caused a commotion in the publishing world, where copyright litigation ensued until this year.

This story has been chronicled in a new eBook from author Jeff Roberts, called The Battle for the Books, out from tech publisher GigaOM today. Here is the book’s description: “As Google beat a path to the door of the world’s libraries and proceeded to scan everything from War and Peace to Watership Down, the company’s quest to build the largest library triggered a power struggle of massive proportions, as everyone from Amazon to the Justice Department and writers across the world rushed to halt the project.”

Interestingly, the $2.99 eBook is available from Amazon and Apple, but not yet from Google Play.

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