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MacUpdate reports that a number of libraries, joined in the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), decided to actually pay for having their bookes scanned by the Open Content Alliance (OCA), rather than having Google or Microsoft scan them for free.

The reason is, that the OCA keeps the content “search-engine neutral” as BLC Executive Director Barbara Preece said: “Google and Microsoft are interested in search, and the OCA is more interested in content and helping libraries handle their content the way they want to.”

The exercise costs close to $3 million, $845,000 covered by the BLC and another $2 million through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.