has been digitizing printed books for decades
now, including human translations of those scanned-in pages (not
There are many sites that will let you read the "real" book, page by scanned-in page, so you can see the actual printed page, tears and wrinkles, all the way they were on the original book when it was scanned in.
I think this is a great approach, but I also think this is going to lead to even more plagarism happening in our schools. Kids aren't learning anymore, they're downloading, copying, and plagarizing off of the Internet. Its all part of the growing "Gimme" generation of instant self-gratification.
Sigh. I anxiously await the results though, it could be a good thing.