Google signaled to the world that print is irrelevant when it announced today that it is unlikely to index the content in magazines. Jens Redmer, director of Google Book Search in Europe, said, “Magazines describe a trend at the time. A historic book has more valuable information…” and cited “technical issues” as making the project a “non-starter.”
Hmm. What does it mean that Google, now driving to index the majority of information in the world, from streets to photos to planets to every book ever published, snubs magazines? You guessed it. If print hardcopy would be here for decades, Google would set up scanning machines and fire away. But these billionaire big-thinkers are betting that any investment in scanning paper is besides the point — because print may go away soon.