Microsoft announced today that they are shutting down their book digitization project.
They also announced that the Live Search Books site will be shut down sometimes next week.
This is a disappointment in that I was hoping that the competition factor would push both Microsoft and Google to extend their respective projects further and further, thereby making that which we could access better and better. Hopefully both Google and the Internet Archive keep up the good work, and that we reach the point where books are as easy to locate and access online as are many other forms of information (such as news, journals, etc.).