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September 8, 2009 EXTRA issue. This file presents an archive copy of the EXTRA issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on September 8, 2009.
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The issues seem stark:
"the GoogleBooks Saga -- which is, by turns, either the glorious democratization of all the world's 'texts' -- or a globalization conspiracy to dominate same, both de jure at home in the US and de facto everywhere else..."
-- but like any such digital development there is far more involved than can be described in short headlines.
My hope is that, by "joining in the debate" of the Berkeley conference, readers here will be able to get a sense of some of the broader issues involved -- academics are good at that -- in greater depth than the dry legal language of most news reports has been able to convey.
The buildup in la presse has been extraordinary: a sampling -- (I am experimenting with TinyURLs here, so if you'd like the full URLs please see http://fyifrance.com/f102009b.htm) --
-- so now the EC is involved, as well.
I am a GoogleBooks optimist -- but there are GoogleBooks pessimists out there too, in abundance -- plus sceptics of every variety, as for any event of such significance, the advent of what one UC Berkeley sceptic now labels "The Last Library", there really should be.
So, read the "conference report", savor the discussion, participate if & where & when you can; this particular digital development will affect us all -- vous tous, et nous autres -- going forward.
And coming, in the first issue of the Fall on September 15:
"FYI France: Google, Views from France!"
And a very happy rentrée to all!
Jack Kessler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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