Press Release: Jeanneney, Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge

October 23, 2007
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Now available in paperback— Jean-Noël Jeanneney, former president of France’s Bibliothèque Nationale, here takes aim at what he sees as the most troubling aspect of Google’s Library Project: its potential to misrepresent—and even damage—the world’s cultural heritage. In this impassioned work, Jeanneney argues that Google’s unsystematic digitization of books from a few partner libraries and its reliance on works written mostly in English constitute acts of selection that can only extend the dominance of American culture abroad.
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