Ever since Google began scanning printed books four years ago, scholars and others with specialized interests have been able to tap a trove of information that had been locked away on the dusty shelves of libraries and in antiquarian bookstores. Soon, a settlement announced in October with authors and publishers who had brought copyright lawsuits against Google will make it possible for users to read a far greater collection of books, including many still under copyright protection, reports the New York Times. The agreement, pending approval by a judge this year, also paved the way for both sides to make...

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