Friday Fun Link – "Explore Banned Books" with Google Book Search (Feb 15, 2006)

I know this is my second Google-related
FFL in a row but this one’s worth it. Google has partnered with the
American Library Association to create a special page in honour of Banned Books Week (Sept 23-30). (This is the equivalent of Freedom to Read Week in Canada which happens during the last week of February and is organized by the Book & Periodical Council of Canada.)

Geist spoke at the Canadian Library Association conference this year in
Ottawa and called Google Book Search a “card catalogue for the 21st
century” and I can’t think of a better way to describe it than that.
The Google/ALA page only allows you to browse a selected few pages
since most of the books are still covered by copyright. But can you
imagine the day when you can search the entire book quickly and
(via Boing Boing)

Comments 3

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    It's interesting that in the US it's called “Banned Books Week” and in Canada it's called “Freedom to Read Week”. They have slightly different connotations, don't they? Michael Geist is awesome.

    Posted 15 Sep 2006 at 7:23 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    er, sorry. That was me. For some reason I forgot to announce myself.

    Posted 15 Sep 2006 at 7:24 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the extra post to let me know who you are. I don't force people to post with a name but I like to know who's writing.
    Yeah, one thing that I learned even before I got to library school (back in my Freedom to Read Week days in Calgary) is that a lot of books get challenged in Canada but very few actually get banned whereas in the States…well, let's just say they're a different country and leave it at that.

    Posted 16 Sep 2006 at 6:19 am
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