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This really resonates with what I've found as well, and it's a concerning dilemma.

The internet stores incomprehensible amounts of information, but there's a lot being left behind. Most of these books have been created as a result of years of dedication for which an author should be rewarded, thus the lack of free access on the internet (information seems to become free when commonly known and studied by many). Are there better ways we can better reward academics for their work while improving ease of access?

Also, on digitization, early Google had a mission to create the world's largest online library [1], and their main roadblock was the legal issues. If I remember correctly, the authors who sued later regretted their decision and had done so on the basis of a misunderstanding.

On the language side of digitization, a next-gen translator like DeepL [2] could prove incredibly useful. They debuted a couple months ago, and their more ML-heavy translations blew people, myself included, away.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14172791 [2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15122764

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