Friday, September 07, 2007

Google Books: Collect, share, and discover books

By this time and I am sure than most, if not all, of you are familiar with Google Book Search (GBS). Putting aside temporarily the intellectual property issues that have been raised by many, I would like to bring you up to date on a new feature of GBS. As of 6 September 2007, some new features have been that go beyond search so you can collect, share, and discover new books.

In effect, GBS now allows you to create your own online library of books, and then share your collection with others. For example, an academic library or professor might create a library of nursing books available online. For example, I have created a short list or library of books related to the history of nursing. Click this link to see my example. Keep in mind that many of the full view digitized book available in GBS are non-copyrighted because they have aged out. That means they are no longer covered by copyright law. Even though this may be the case, the books may still be valuable for research purposes.

Google has also launched a way to let users select copy and embed segments of public domain books (like the Newton quote) in any web page.
The addition of these features makes GBS a more robust and useful product. The information contained in this post is taken from Collect, share, and discover books Posted by Adam Mathes, Product Manager 9/06/2007 06:33:00 AM

A few other helpful links:

Create and search your own library on Google Book Search

About Google Book Search

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