By Siobhan O’Leary
Google’s international march continues, this time straight to Rome. The firm has announced an agreement with the Italian culture ministry to scan up to a million books from the national libraries of Rome and Florence. Similar to its deal with the city of Lyon’s library (covered earlier by Publishing Perspectives), Google will cover the cost of scanning the books and set up a local scanning facility. According to a report in the Telegraph, the agreement covers books that are out of copyright and were published before 1868.