Are we digitising into silos?
I certainly hope not! But reading, or possibly mis-reading, between the lines of the BBC report on the British Library's recent announcement that it is working with Microsoft to digitise 100,000 19th Century books leaves me a little worried. The phrasing of:
digitised publications will be accessible in two ways - initially through Microsoft's Live Search Books and then via the Library's website
makes it sound like these texts are not going to start popping up in Google search results any time soon.
I hope I'm wrong? Please shout if you know better!