2024-05-20 11:49:37
Microsoft To Shut Live Search Books books


Microsoft is shutting down its book digitization initiative, which launched in 2006, the company said in an email today (full text is below). The publisher site is already down, the books site itself will be shut next week, and Microsoft posted a blog post on it here.

The company has digitized 750,000 books and indexed 80 million journal articles to date. Google’s competing product, Book Search, is adding 3,000 books per day to their index, although they have not disclosed the total number of books scanned.

The New York Times had a good overview of the book digitization process in an article last year. There are also a few examples of some funny stuff getting into the scans.

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