According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the University of California has struck a deal with Google in which the university will provide at least 2.5 million volumes to Google for scanning. Said one of the deal’s brokers, Daniel Greenstein, of the California Digital Library,

“I understand [Google’s] ends are commercial,” he said. “But it’s one of these things where their business model, their interests, and our interests align around public access for the public domain forever and for free.”

On a Google-related note, last night my friend Matt asked me the inevitable question: “So, I’m taking bets– when do you think Google will become sentient?”

Daniel Corbett