Please remember that this company is unaccountable to everyone but its shareholders. It depends on things like DRM, trade secrets, proprietary code, vague privacy pledges, and non-disclosure agreements to make this project happen. How can I cheer this on?
Look, the more fair-use friendly Google Print Library is, the more user un-friendly it is. The better the service is for Google and the publishers, the worse it is for us.
The idealization of both Google the company and the library project are really astounding to me. I just don’t get it.
It’s right to be perplexed by the idealization of Google, but it’s wrong, I think, to use that skepticism as a reason to reject Google Print. In short, the argument is upside down, but it’s upside down in such an interesting way that I’ll have to take a couple of days to come up with a pithy response. Back later!