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Official Google Blog: New chapter for Google Book Search

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on May 1, 2009
  • tags: copyright

    • Google was built on the principle of making the world’s information more accessible and useful. Before the company was even founded, Larry and Sergey imagined a way to make it easier for anyone, anywhere, to access the information held within the world’s books. Search simply isn’t complete without that content, and providing more access to more books is a vision Google has never lost sight of.

      Four years ago, almost to the date, we first announced Google Book Search. Since we launched the service, we’ve heard countless stories about Book Search helping readers all over the world find books in over 100 languages on topics as diverse as The Physics of Star Trek and the history of Wood Carvings in English Churches. We’ve seen millions of people click to buy books or find them in a library, and more than 20,000 publishers have joined our Partner Program to allow readers to preview the books they find before buying them.

      While we’ve made tremendous progress with Book Search, today we’ve announced an agreement with a broad class of authors and publishers and with our library partners that advances Larry’s and Sergey’s original dream in ways Google never could have done alone.

      This agreement is truly groundbreaking in three ways. First, it will give readers digital access to millions of in-copyright books; second, it will create a new market for authors and publishers to sell their works; and third, it will further the efforts of our library partners to preserve and maintain their collections while making books more accessible to students, readers and academic researchers.

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