May 12, 2004

From Library Link of the Day:

Are libraries losing out in the battle against the Internet? Maybe, writes Mary Jane Smetanka.

In 1971, Michael Hart typed the text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence into a mainframe computer at the University of Illinois ... This was the start of Project Gutenberg (PG), an effort to develop a free public library of 10,000 public-domain e-books. In the first 11 weeks of 2004, Project Gutenberg added 313 new e-books. It took from 1971 to 1997 to produce the first 313 e-books?that's 11 weeks compared to about 26 years.

Has Google become the Microsoft of search engines? David Lagesse thinks so.

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