Google Move Could Commercialize Libraries

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Internet company that famously promised to “do no evil” is on a new mission to digitize the collections of some of the nation’s leading research institutions and establish a massive online reading room.

But Google Inc.’s ambitious effort could herald the beginning of the commercialization of libraries, which have long been trusted as an independent resource for books and knowledge without the obvious trappings of marketing or goals of profit.

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