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December 16, 2004

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That should be, a list of the books you read *keyed to your other data*, all of it personally identifiable.

Clearly the concern here is who is doing what with the data. And who will do something with it in the future. If you look even cursorily at what Google is doing over all, and not just with libraries, the implications become alarming. Having Google keep in its database a list of the books you read is probably not a good thing.

I agree. That description could fit nearly anything in the right context.

Selectively removing "any literature that has political content or relevance" from the collections to be digitized would be a cure far worse than the disease. For starters, who would decide which books have "political content or relevance"?

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