Fri, 30/05/2008 - 05:20
Google had affirmed its commitment to Book Search in the wake of Microsoft's closure of its own effort, reports eWeek.com. A Google spokesperson told the magazine: "Our aim is to bring more human knowledge onto the web to help our users search and discover all the world's books, especially books that are difficult to find any other...
Wed, 28/05/2008 - 13:10
Microsoft's shock decision to wind down its Live Search Books programme has left a host of UK publishers in the lurch, with many having signed up to the programme at the London Book Fair in April.
Participating publishers first heard of the decision on Friday 23rd May when Microsoft director of publisher evangelism Clifford Guren...
Wed, 28/05/2008 - 06:31
Microsoft has handed the future of the book to arch-rival Google, according to the Register. It has also left the Open Content Alliance digitisation project high and dry.
"Why? Because the Open Content Alliance is out of money - and Microsoft was by far the biggest financial backer. Brewster Kahle, whose Internet Archive project is...
Tue, 27/05/2008 - 07:47
Microsoft is "winding down" its book related search projects and is to stop digitising books, including its library scanning and in-copyright book programs. The decision is a remarkable volte-face from the giant software group, which launched Live Book Search as a competitor to Google's Book Search initiative. Book search results...
Thu, 22/05/2008 - 05:35
In an attempt to undercut Google's standing as the most popular guide to the Web, Microsoft has announced that it is offering cash incentives for people who use the company's often-overlooked search engine, reports the Washington Post.
Live Search Cashback offers discounts to consumers who do their Internet shopping using the...
Wed, 23/04/2008 - 07:09
Academic search engines may be more discriminating than their commercial counterparts, but they often lack user-friendliness, reports the Guardian. Scores of academic search engines provide a heavyweight alternative to the commercial ones and work against what Brighton University's professor of media- Tara Brabazon has termed "the...
Mon, 07/04/2008 - 15:20
Google is probably well-used to being the bete noir of the publishing business. For Amazon it is perhaps a new feeling. But if the past week is anything to go by it might just have to get used to it.
In the US, Amazon.com has incurred the wrath of...
Wed, 12/03/2008 - 15:40
France is to launch its challenge to Google's book search next week. French Culture Minister Christine Albanel said today (12th March) that a pilot scheme for the Gallica 2 digitised book project would go live immediately after the Paris Book Fair, which opens on Friday (14th March) and runs for six days.
The project, to be unveiled...
Mon, 17/12/2007 - 06:43
Google is to go head-to-head with Wikipedia, the web’s largest reference work, in a clash of two of the internet’s most powerful brands.
A new Google service, dubbed knol, will invite “people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it”, Udi Manber, a Google engineer, said.
Mon, 10/12/2007 - 06:14
Google has been in such a rush to expand its database of classic texts and new titles that some scanners left their own hands in the picture, notes the Times. Other texts were interrupted by folded or poorly scanned pages. Google says that these errors are being corrected.
But these are minor problems. Sure, some texts have pages missing...