Summarized by Saad Khan

In 2002, Google embarked on the most ambitious project in the history of educational technology. Google aimed to scan and digitalize bulk of the world’s books.

In 2008, Google books went into partnership with HathiTrust Digital Library. It is an online database which provides large-scale access to scholarly books without infringing copyrights. It contains more than 15.7 million books in its database, mostly from Google’s scanning. Scholars can also tap into the database and conduct a computational analysis without breaching copyrights.

The public access to this behemoth database was hampered by the case action lawsuit by Authors Guild in 2011. However, in 2012 the court ruled against Authors Guild, but the dream of easy and total access was not quite achieved.


Howard, J. (2017, August 15). What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? – EdSurge News. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from