28. Search Books with Google Book Search
Google doesn't confine itself to enabling you to find information on the Webit has expanded into the book world as well. The Google Book Search service enables you to search for information in many books. It does this by scanning books, making them available online, letting you search through the contents of books, and showing you results. You won't be able to see the entire book, but you can see snippets from the book.
The Google Book Search project is a very controversial one. Google scans copyrighted and out-of-copyright books, which makes those books available online, without permission of the copyright holders. Google argues that it shows only snippets of the books, and that therefore, it can legally scan the books under "fair use" guidelines. A number of authors and publishers disagree, and both the Author's Guild and the Association of American Publishers sued Google, claiming copyright infringement. As this book went to press, the case had not yet been heard.
Every day, more books become available online. Google's ultimate plan is to make literally millions of books available online by scanning books from Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, Oxford University, and the New York Public Library.
When you search in Google Book Search, the results you see vary somewhat according to the type of book from which the results come. If it's a book whose copyright has run out, you might be able to see the entire book. If the book is still copyrighted, you see only a snippet from the book. Depending on whether the copyright owner has made an agreement with Google, you might also be able to click a link to buy the book.
Search Books With Google Book Search