Google Library

There was a post on Slashdot about this CNN article discussing the publishing industry's mixed feelings about Google's plan to scan in a ton of books and make them searchable. Normally this is not an interesting enough story for me to mention, but this excerpt got my attention:

Richard Hull, executive director of the Text and Academic Authors Association, called Google's approach backwards. Publishers shouldn't have to bear the burden of record-keeping, agreed Sanfilippo, the Penn State press's marketing and sales director.

"We're not aware of everything we've published," Sanfilippo said. "Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, there were no electronic files for those books."