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HarperCollins to offer digital content online

In a landmark move in the controversy over digitizing books for online use, HarperCollins announced yesterday that it would create a digital library of all its book and audio content that will be both available to the public and accessible via search engine. Jane Friedman, chief executive of HarperCollins, told The New York Times that “the move is intended to allow HarperCollins … to maintain control over its digital content rather than cede that control to other companies.” And Brian Murray, group president of HarperCollins, said that “all of [HarperCollins’] publishing companies around the world would participate in the program.” The publisher’s online book offerings are expected to resemble those of the Google Print project, which allows users access to small portions of books without the ability to download or print.

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