Google to scan works of major libraries, expand Web content

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Mountain View, Calif.--Google announced Tuesday it is working with the libraries of Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Oxford, as well as the New York Public Library, to digitally scan books from their collections so that users can search them in Google.

Google said the move is part of its effort to make offline information searchable online.

"Our work with libraries further enhances the existing Google Print program, which enables users to find matches within the full text of books, while publishers and authors monetize that information," Larry Page, co-founder and president of products at Google, said in a statement.

The ambitious project will increase the visibility of both in-print and out-of-print books, Google said, and generate book sales via a "Buy this Book" link and advertising.

--Carol Krol

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