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Google Book Search

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Google Book Search 

An Internet *search engine (see also world wide web) that allows users to search digitized copies of books. Launched in 2002 and inspired by *digitization efforts undertaken by prominent academic libraries, the project seeks to scan digitally all of the world’s books, including both public domain and copyrighted books. This has angered some *copyright holders, but Google claims to have boosted book sales since search results display only a few pages of copyrighted text; public domain books are often displayed in full. With a Book Search Interface available in 35 languages, the project’s reach is worldwide. Google scans books in 430 different languages, and has established formal partnerships with some 10,000 publishers, authors, and libraries in more than 100 countries.

Rebecca Stark-Gendrano


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