On Quixotic Pursuits

March 7th, 2006 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

In Dickens’s spirit, I believe we need to take action against Google. Its quest to monetise for its own benefit the literature of the world must be stopped. So I call upon internet users worldwide to boycott the Google search engine until it ceases to scan books in America without prior permission, and desists from its mission to place ambient advertising on the great literary works. Switch your search engine from Google to MSN or Yahoo today, until you hear Google has withdrawn from the type of activities that have been described in another context as acts of “kleptomania”.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • Max // Mar 7, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    Quixotic is right. I can’t understand some publishers’ fear of the future. In case anyone’s interested, I had some thoughts about Mr. Newton’s proposal at my blog recently.

  • Booksquare // Mar 7, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    Max, thanks for reminding me — I did see your post. I’m glad you brought it up. Maybe our next co-writing gig will be The Future And Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid (If You’re A Publisher).