Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s top seller of personal computers and printers, is teaming up with online retailer Amazon.com Inc. to challenge internet search leader Google Inc. in recreating digital books as paperbacks, reports the Associated Press. Publishing a single copy of a digital book usually can be done in a few minutes, allowing students, educators, researchers, and other consumers to order a paperback version of a title that’s out of print or only available in one or two libraries in the world. The HP program announced Oct. 21 (www.bookprep.com) offers to publish paperbacks of about 500,000 digital books scanned from the University of Michigan’s library. The books are all considered to be part of the public domain, because they no longer are protected under copyright. The paperback copies can be ordered through Amazon.com and a few other retailers. Ironically, Google created most of the digital copies in the University of Michigan’s collection. Google embraced the concept of on-demand book publishing in a partnership launched last month. The deal allows a small company called On Demand Books to sell paperback versions of about 2 million digital books that Google has scanned into its index during the past five years…

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