Re: Google wins

From: Joel Pitt (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2006 - 17:18:58 MDT

On 8/1/06, Philip Goetz <> wrote:
> Data, in any case, matters a lot. Although the difference between
> having the internet, and the internet plus a lot of scanned in books,
> might not be crucial. I think having a lot of journal articles might
> be more important. The web contains, for the most part, only basic
> information on any given discipline. Textbooks contain another level
> of detail. Journal articles contain a yet-higher level of detail.

Note that most journal articles are available online if you want to
pay for them. Even articles dating back to the 1900's have been OCRed.

And textbooks, since they are quite pricey and needed by many
undergraduates, have been a prime candidate for sharing as pdf's on
p2p networks.

I currently have 3500 fictional books, 2500 computer tech books, and
600 or so textbooks (covering math, physics, and biology) in my text
repository. Of course if I find any particular book that is useful or
I enjoy - then I inevitably purchase a legit copy.

(Information wants to be free ;P)

"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best."
                -- Aeschylus

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