Google Print Gets A Home Page

By Nathan Weinberg

Google Print, where you search for books Google has scanned in, now has its own search engine page at Google. This makes it very easy to find books there (which you can subsequently read a few pages of). By being a smart searcher, you can read an entire book in Google Print, even though it tries to prevent you from doing so. To give an example, here are the first twenty pages of Amazon Hacks:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20

God, I’m such a bastard. Good thing Google Print doesn’t contain fiction books. Gary Price says Google should include copyright-free books without any restrictions (currently you can’t right-click or print any Google Print pages).
(via Google Blogoscoped)

UPDATE: Gary Price takes a much deeper look at Google Print. One thing I didn’t know: you need to be logged in to your Google Account to read the books. Additionally, the publishers of the books have assigned a percentage of the books that can be read, and when you reach that limit, you see a message preventing you from reading that page. In my above example, page 15 of Amazon Hacks has the lock. Try as I might, I cannot read that page. So, in this particular book, you’d miss out on one out of every 15 pages. Gary didn’t run into any problems in “The Function of Newspapers in Society: A Global Perspective” until page 50. Brad Hill ran into the wall “Chopin in Paris” at page 34.

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May 27, 2005 by Nathan Weinberg in:

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