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Google Series Part 1: gmail Part 2: maps Part 3: talk Part 4: earth Part 5: books Part 6: picasa Part 7: sites Part x: ?
google books Google Series Part 5 David J Young
What is Google Books? Started in Dec 2004 A service that searches the full text of books Google has scanned Converted to text using optical character recognition Indexed and stored in its digital database Aimed to help our users discover books Google estimates there are 130 million unique books in the world Google books has over 15 million of these books indexed on- line Most of these are no longer in print or commercially available The Internet Archive has 2.5 million scanned works
Google Books Goals A book marketing program, not an online library The goal is to make it easier for people to find relevant books – specifically books they wouldnt find any other way (such as those that are out of print) The ultimate goal is to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages Google takes great care to carefully respect authors and publishers copyrights The last bullet point is controversial and consequently has initiated some legal lawsuits
Different Views Full View – the entire book Public domain Expired copyright Copyright owner has given permission Public domain books can be downloaded Limited Preview – For In-print books, Google limits the number of viewable pages Snippets – Books that are copyrighted and the owner has not been identified, only 2-3 lines of text are shown
Googles stated position So why has such a universally useful tool become so controversial? Because some in the publishing community question whether any third party should be able to copy and index copyrighted works so that users can search through them, even if all a user sees is the bibliographic information and a few snippets of text, and even if the result is to make those books widely discoverable online and help the authors and publishers sell more of them. Some of our critics believe that somehow Google Books will become a substitute for the printed word. To the contrary, our goal is to improve access to books – not to replace them. Indeed, we're working closely with publishers to develop new tools and opportunities for selling books online.
Reference Pages Google Books creates reference pages for every book so you can quickly find all kinds of relevant information: book reviews, web references, maps and more
Buy or Borrow? Once you find a book, you can Find a store to buy it Find a library to borrow it
Where are the books coming from? Partner Program Authors Publishers Library Project Working with several major libraries to include their collections Like a card catalog, but better Show users bibliographic information about book A few snippets showing search term in context