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The Rhetoric of the Google Books Debate

This is one section of a paper I am currently working on about the rhetoric surrounding the Google Book Search controversy. In this paper, I'll be focusing on two forums of this debate: the general public and higher education. Here I am comparing a section of the Google Book Search Settlement to a popularized version. I'll be translating this paper into a web resource that I hope to share with HASTAC soon. So here's your chance to weigh in: how do you think Google Books, in particular the "fight" surrounding the technology, matters to students and teachers in higher education? What would you like to see in a website that offers a rhetorical perspective on this "fight"?


Fahnestock, J. (1986). Accommodating Science: The Rhetorical Life of Scientific Facts. Written Communication, 3(3), 275-296.


1 comment

I admire you for navigating the heady terrain of the GoogleBooks legal case.

I love GoogleBooks, and use it quite often to search for terms, words, ideas, and publication information. It is a gold mine.  I search books and magazines that fall in and out of the public domain. I would gladly pay a fee to have unlimited access to all the material. What a fair price would be for that, I don't know. A dollar a day? A dollar for each 24-hour period I use GB? Would this make Google a paid lending library? Does the "fight" have to be either / or--can some compromise be reached?

How would you answer your question?