Google hits back at book critics

Google hits back at book critics
Computer screen in the New York Library
Google’s digital library plans have met with strong opposition.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has hit out at critics of the company’s plans to create what could be the world’s largest virtual library.

Writing in the New York Times, Mr Brin said he wanted to “dispel some myths” surrounding the project.

He said the plan would make millions of “out-of-print” books available to the public online.

Those against the idea fear it would give Google a monopoly over access to the world’s information.

“In reality, nothing in this agreement precludes any other company or organisation from pursuing their own similar effort,” he wrote.

“The agreement limits consumer choice in out-of-print books about as much as it limits consumer choice in unicorns.

“Today, if you want to access a typical out-of-print book, you have only one choice — fly to one of a handful of leading libraries in the country and hope to find it in the stacks.”

‘No deal’

Google Books – formerly known as Google print – was first launched in 2004.