Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video Top News

British Library teams up with Google

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 01:36

June 20 - Google plans to digitize a quarter of a million books from the British Library's collections covering a period from the French Revolution to the end of slavery as part of its ambitious books project. Matt Cowan reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

The British Library's mission is to advance the world's knowledge Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Now they are teaming up. The world's biggest internet search company announced plans to digitise a quarter of a million books from the British Library's collections covering a period from the French Revolution to the end of slavery as part of its ambitious books project. British Library Chief Executive Lynne Brindley: SOUNDBITE: British Library Chief Executive Lynne Brindley saying (English) "Our vision is by 2020 we will have digitised and opened up for the world a major part of our collection. You can see we're on a long journey. This represents another significant milestone but there are plenty more to go." The search engine giant has already scanned 13 million books through partnerships with more than 40 libraries around the world, which it makes available through its search results. SOUNDBITE: Peter Barron, Peter Barron, Google's head of external relations saying (English) "So we've now got more than two billion people right across the world. In many cases those people are getting online with mobile devices. They may never have had any access to books or the world's information before and the prospect of now being able to read some of the world's incredible books is a fantastic achievement." The British Library project involves a selection of books published between 1700 and 1870. Google will bear the costs of digitisation, and the items will then be available for full-text search, download and reading through Google Books as well as being searchable through the British Library's website and stored in its digital archive. Matt Cowan, Reuters

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

British Library teams up with Google

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 01:36