Ethan Zuckerman ’93 provides an interesting update/overview of Google Books.
So far, Google has scanned more than 10 million books. That quantity of books meant that Google needed to invent a whole new technical apparatus for scanning books… and Google had to physically pick up and scan those books. More than 1.5 million are in the partner program, and a comparable amount are in public domain. There are more than 40 libraries working as partners.
My prediction: In a decade, undergraduates will find it absurd that Williams wastes so much space on campus (and money off-campus) for book storage.