From this morning's New York Times: 

In Challenge to Google, Yahoo Will Scan Books 
Published: October 3, 2005

"An unusual alliance of corporations, nonprofit groups and universities
plans to announce today an ambitious plan to digitize hundreds of
thousands of books over the next several years and put them on the
Internet, with the full text accessible to anyone. 

The effort is being led by Yahoo, which appears to be taking direct aim
at a similar project announced by its archrival, Google, whose own
program to create searchable digital copies of entire collections at
leading research libraries has run into a series of challenges since it
was announced nine months ago. 

The new project, called the Open Content Alliance, has the wide-ranging
goal of digitizing historical works of fiction along with specialized
technical papers. In addition to Yahoo, its members include the Internet
Archive, the University of California, and the University of Toronto, as
well as the National Archive in England and others."

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