Google and the University of Texas Libraries have agreed that over one million books will be digitized and incorporated into the Google Books Library Project. The University of Texas at Austin is the fifth largest academic library in the US thanks to 17 libraries containing more than eight million volumes. Other libraries currently involved in the Google project include the New York Public Library and the university libraries at Harvard, Oxford, Michigan and Stanford. Although constantly under fire for digitizing works without permission, the Google Books project aims to create a searchable online database of books available to anyone on the Internet. Copyrighted materials are limited to information about the book, a text excerpt from it and finally tips on where the book can be obtained.
News source: vnunet.com