Google announced a new endeavor today – Google Print. The goal is to make all texts searchable, even if they started out on paper.
I’m quite excited by this prospect, but i’m not quite sure how it works. I went through a handful of class papers i’ve written recently and thrown quotes from authors – Geertz, Levi-Strauss, Marx, Adam Smith, Malinowski, Nietzsche – into Google with no reference to a book. [I did find lots of other class papers citing these exact quotes though.]