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The next chapter in the Google Books project will come sometime after Oct. 7, when Chin holds a final hearing on the settlement. But Clancy indicated the Google Books team will not be standing still in the meantime.
“We’re going full steam ahead, no matter what happens with the settlement,’’ he said.
Indeed, the settlement is only part of Google’s plans to expand its digital book collection. The morning after the event at Boston Public Library, Clancy and Jon Orwant, who directs the Google Books operation in Cambridge, described an ongoing project that dwarfs the scope of the controversial settlement.
Google’s ultimate vision, Clancy said, is an “uber book platform’’ in which millions of digital books are available in a marketplace open to publishers, consumers, and online bookstores.