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Major universities such as Oxford University, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the University of California, as well as the New York Public Library are working with Google on a project called Google on the Books Library. The aim of the project is to put books online in a searchable format.
Google's book search service is almost as old as Google itself. In 1996, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were graduate computer science students working on a research project supported by the Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project. Their goal was to make digital libraries work, and their big idea was as follows: in a future world in which vast collections of books are digitized, people would use a "web crawler" to index the books' content and analyze the connections between them, determining any given book's relevance and usefulness by tracking the number and quality of citations from other books.
There's been a lot of discussion and debate about this project and about other projects that wanted to digitize the world's books in order to make them easier for people to find and buy.
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