Democracy Now interviews Brewster Kahle

Hello! I’ve just joined the Open Library team as Project Lead. In this, my second week, I’m still finding my feet and getting to know everyone. The future looks really, really bright thanks to the amazing foundation already in place at Open Library. We have around 23 million books in our catalogue, over 1 million of which are available to read or download for free right now. The team has done an absolutely amazing job of drawing catalogue records from disparate libraries and connecting them all under openlibrary.org.

As I was finding my way last week, it just so happened that Brewster Kahle was interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! about the current state of the Google Books Settlement – the perfect induction! (Brewster’s interview starts at around 13:55 minutes in.)

This blog post by Ryan Singel also came in handy: The Fight over the Google of all Libraries: A Wired FAQ.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I am very glad to discover your site and hope to be a minor contributor to it.
    I was hoping to read here that it would soon be possible to record the names of books using Unicode fonts and the Microsoft keyboard. A lot of the books that we in SIL are producing for minority language people have to have the title in the mother tongue and

  2. Posted September 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I am very glad to discover your site and hope to be a minor contributor to it.
    I was hoping to read here that it would soon be possible to record the names of books using Unicode fonts and the Microsoft keyboard. A lot of the books that we in SIL are producing for minority language people have to have the title in the mother tongue and we often need to use “unusual” characters to represent these languages.
    Let me know if this capability is being planned for.
    Keith

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