Google Book Search: Past, Present, and Future

Jon Orwant (Google)
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Google is trying to make every book in the world findable on the web, and so far has digitized seven million of them. In this talk, I’ll describe some of the features we provide for publishers, and give a sneak peek at some upcoming developments.

Jon Orwant


Jon is an Engineering Manager at Google, where he leads the Boston Book Search team in their attempt to make the world’s books searchable and discoverable. He is a co-author of several programming books, including the best-seller Programming Perl (the “Camel book”). He received his PhD from MIT in 1999. Previously, he was Director of Research at France Telecom and CTO of O’Reilly.

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Jon Orwant
02/27/2009 4:01am EST

Hi Lionel,

I asked O’Reilly to take the PDF down because Google prefers not to show slides in isolation, for fear they might be taken out of context.

O’Reilly will post video of the talk soon which will include all the slides, but unfortunately you’ll have to suffer through me talking. If you need specific information from the presentation, just email me (lastname@google) and I’ll be happy to provide whatever you need.

Lionel Meinertzhagen
02/27/2009 3:33am EST

Could you, please, post back the presentation PDF (Paper: Google Book Search_ Past, Present, and Future Paper [PDF]). I had the time to read it few days ago and I’d need it again for some references… Thank you very much in advance. L.M.

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