Princeton Libraries Joins Google's Book-Scan Project

Princeton has agreed to let Google digitize about 1 million public domain books which are no longer in copyright, into the enormous database that is Google Books. The project started two years ago, and aims to digitize many of the worlds books, allowing them to be searchable over the web.

"The Web search leader said on Monday Princeton had agreed to work with it to digitize about 1 million public domain books -- works no longer covered by copyright protections. The combined collections of the university's libraries total more than 6 million printed works, 5 million manuscripts and 2 million nonprint items. A Google spokeswoman said her company and the 250-year-old Princeton library system would work together to determine which portions of the collection would be digitized."