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June 19, 2007

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Liz

I have another argument in favor of online book content. When I buy a physical book, it's nice to have and hold and read in the bathtub, but since I've bought it I'd also like to have bought the ability -- and right -- to search its content efficiently. Even if a publisher isn't willing to give the book away for free, it would make sense to provide a key for book buyers to view and search the book's content, and otherwise manipulate it as data. It is a bit of a time committment but otherwise trivial to rip off the spine of a book, scan it in, and do OCR -- as people do when they digitize books for the visually impaired. So why don't publishers leverage this instead of running scared?

vcgold

When I buy a physical book, it's nice to have and hold and read in the bathtub https://www.vcsale.com

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