Sir — where does William Rees-Mogg get the idea that Google wishes to make whole books available over the Internet without permission from their authors or publishers? Their new Google Books search facility will show a few sentences at most from a book that matches a query from a user. Only when the book's publisher has explicitly agreed will more of the book be shown.
Rees-Mogg's last article on the subject also made this mistake. I hope he researches his policy positions in the House of Lords more carefully.
Dr Ian Brown
Monday, January 30, 2006
Lord ga-ga over Google Books
Lord Rees-Mogg is yet again spreading misinformation about Google Books via the Times. I've even written the following letter to defend the service: