Should Governments Try to Out-Google Google Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


A number of European countries, including Germany (as discussed in today’s lead article), France, and Spain have launched national book digitization projects. But the question remains, should book digitization projects should be taken on by public institutions or left in the hands of private enterprise? Or is there a hybrid model, such as Harvard University’s co-operation with the National Library of China, that might be preferable?

Of course, this question is likely, for many, to come down to politics and your personal view of whether or not you think government institutions should be caretakers of culture or are even capable of cost-effectively administrating such a project.

Let us know what you think in the comments below or via Twitter using hashtag #ppdiscuss.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.