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November 3, 2005

Google Unveils Books Online and Desktop 2

The Google Print Project which has been mired to some extent by copyright holders has placed a large collection of non-copyrighted or out-of-copyright texts online today.

From the Press Release:

Today, Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced the availability of the first large collection of public domain books on Google Print. This collection, scanned as part of the company's book digitization project with several of the world's largest libraries, includes works such as U.S. Civil War history books, government documents, the writings of Henry James and other materials.

Because they're out of copyright, these cultural artifacts can be read in their entirety online at http://print.google.com, where anyone can search and browse every page. They are fully searchable and users can save individual page images.

"Today we welcome the world to our library," said Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan . "As educators we are inspired by the possibility of sharing these important works with people around the globe. Think of the doors it will open for students; geographical distance will no longer hamper research. Anyone with an Internet connection can search the text of and read the compelling narratives, historical accounts and classic works offered today, and in doing so access a world of ideas, knowledge and discovery."

Examples of the public domain books available on Google Print today include:

Civil War regimental histories and early American writings from the University of Michigan

Congressional acts and other government documents from Stanford
The works of Henry James from Harvard

Biographies of New York citizens and other collected biographies from the New York Public Library

More information and images of pages from these materials can be found on the Google Blog at http://googleblog.blogspot.com. These works however are just a small fraction of the information that will eventually be made available as a result of Google Print.

Read The Reuters UK story here.

And while we're on the subject of Google, the company also annouced that the Desktop software was coming out of beta with the release of Dsktop 2.  The information is available at the Googleblog link above.  After getting to the page, scroll down for the Google Print information.

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