I’m not skeptical about Google and the loading of texts onto the Internet. See Guardian’s “Top libraries to go online . . .”. This isn’t exactly news. It may be a good thing. But how the search and retrieval will take shape over the next decade is going to test the idea of “digital books.”
We can always OCR paper-form texts into digital form, but what is the workable model: “image” as in Bodleian or Perseus hypertext? I’m always a little tickled by the almost unreadable static scanned pdfs of pre-1990 articles on databases.
Something to look forward to: interesting maps.