The OCA, unveiled earlier this month by a group of digital archivists and backed by Yahoo, H-P and Adobe, says it has also signed up Microsoft Corp. and more than a dozen major libraries in North America, Britain and Europe.
Danielle Tiedt, general manager of Microsoft’s MSN Search, said the world’s largest software maker would fund the digital duplication of 150,000 old books over the next year.
“This is just the start,” Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and the organizing force behind the OCA. “One hundred and fifty thousand books is just an initial test for Microsoft,” he said.
Backers say the dream of creating a digital library of the world’s greatest books is an homage to the Library of Alexandria, the great repository of books in ancient times.
[…] Backers of the Google Print project have expressed their disappointment that the two groups are not working together. But leaders on both sides say it is only a matter of time before the two library projects find common ground.
“I think it’s only a matter of time before we reach agreement,” said Rick Prellinger, board president of the Internet Archive and the director of the newly formed OCA.