MSN Search today announced its intention to launch MSN® Book Search, which will support MSN Search"s efforts to help people find exactly what they"re looking for on the Web, including the content from books, academic materials, periodicals and other print resources. MSN Search intends to launch an initial beta of this offering next year. MSN also intends to join the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and work with the organization to scan and digitize publicly available print materials, as well as work with copyright owners to legally scan protected materials.
"With MSN Book Search, we are excited to be working with libraries worldwide to digitize and index information from the world"s printed materials, taking another step in our efforts to better answer people"s questions with trusted content from the best sources," said Christopher Payne, corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft Corp. "We believe people will benefit from the ability to not just view a page, but to easily act on that data in contextually relevant ways, both online in the search experience and in the applications they are using."
News source: MS Presspass