Three technology heavyweights are joining a coalition to fight Google's attempt to create what could be the world's largest virtual library.BBC NEWS | Technology | Rivals band to fight Google books
Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo will sign up to the Open Book Alliance being spearheaded by the Internet Archive.
They oppose a legal settlement that could make Google the main source for many online works.
"Google is trying to monopolise the library system," the Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle told BBC News.
"If this deal goes ahead, they're making a real shot at being 'the' library and the only library."
The alliance to watch: Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon with Facebook vs. Google with Twitter.