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Microsoft Adds Two Universities To Live Book Search

The University of California, with some 34 million books, and the University of Toronto, with its 15 million titles, have agreed to make books available for scanning into Windows Live Book Search.
Microsoft Corp. on Friday said libraries of the University of California and the University of Toronto have agreed to make books available for scanning into Windows Live Book Search.

With more than 100 libraries across California, the 10-campus UC system contains more than 34 million books, Microsoft said. UT has more than 15 million volumes. Microsoft plans to scan, digitize, and index material under the Open Content Alliance, a group that works with copyright holders to monitor scanning of protected materials.

In May, Microsoft launched the Windows Live Books Publisher Program to entice publishers into sending their copyrighted works to the Redmond, Wash., company for scanning and indexing free of charge. Microsoft makes snippets of copyrighted works available through search results and provides links to participating online resellers. The company only scans non-copyrighted material on its own for the service, which is set to launch this year.

Microsoft's approach differs from rival Google Inc., which scans and indexes copyrighted books in libraries without getting permission from copyright holders. The search engine, however, does not make the works available online, other than a brief description on search results.

Nevertheless, authors and publishers have sued Google, accusing the company of copyright infringement. The lawsuits are pending.