Google Print is a long term project by Google to build a virtual library of written works, building on the original Project Gutenberg concept. The project will accept books from both library and publishing sources and will reference them so they can be included in standard Google searches. Clicking on a book link will, inter alia, open up opportunities to read reviews, locate a hard copy in a library and, possibly the most attractive aspect, allow you to read a complete copy if it is in the public domain.
In typically predictable Gallic fashion, the French have risen to the defence of their written word and have suggested that the non-Anglophone nations of Europe set up a different scheme. Jean-Noël Jeanneney, head of France's Bibliothèque Nationale (national library) is urging the EU to counteract Google's proposal with an alternative programme with its own search engines. Jacques Chirac has also weighed into the argument in support of Jeanneney. I personally think this is a fine idea, having an online library of the works of Balzac, Molière, Proust et al. is very appealing.
While I was checking out the French National Library web-site I went to the search page. What did I find there but the Google search engine... There's obviously a wee bit more work to do before the French can claim that they've successfully cast off the yoke of American cultural imperialism.