From an article that I hope to comment on in greater detail as time and the new semester permit:

The company likes to refer to Google’s book search as a “library,” but it generally talks about books as just another kind of information resource to be incorporated into Greater Google. As Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, puts it: “We just feel this is part of our core mission. There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site.”

So apparently the internet, in its brief decades of existence, has not yet managed to supplant the thousands upon thousands of years of inquiry and information stored in previous media. Who’d’a thunk it?

Or, in other news, Google exec stunned to find that the sun is several orders of magnitude brighter than his computer screen.