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Google Books

A database of published books that have been scanned by Google and made available in Google search results or from the Google Book site (www.books.google.com). Introduced in 2004 as the Google Print Library Project, it started with Harvard University Library, New York Public Library and other prominent libraries. Many partnerships followed, and by the end of 2008, more than seven million books were online either entirely if in the public domain or as excerpts if copyrighted.

Highly Controversial
In 2005, Google was sued for copyright infringement by the Author's Guild and Association of American Publishers, claiming the company had no right to publish excerpts of copyrighted material online because it was scanning the entire book in order to index it. Google claimed its service helped sell books, and after extensive negotiations agreed in 2008 to compensate copyright holders and continue publishing. In 2011, the settlement was rejected by the court. Stay tuned! See Google and Project Gutenberg.
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Since the Google Book Search Project's inception in 2004, Google has digitized more than 12 million books from libraries and publishing partners throughout the world - with a goal to make all of the knowledge contained within the world's books searchable and discoverable online.
To see a record in Google Book Search, there is a link called "About This Book," which provides the basic facts of publication, the name of the contributing library (if available), and a considerable amount of enhanced content: references to and from other books and Web sites, a map of places listed in the book, and other editions in the database.
The project will also see out-of-copyright works being digitised, becoming searchable through Google Book Search.
Google also gives copyright holders the option of removing a book from Google Book Search.
What Google did was to lug over its automated scanning apparatuses (used for the Google Book Search project) to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
While to consumers Google Book Search is one product, behind the scenes it is actually two separate projects: "The Google Library Project" (14) (scanning of library books) and "The Google Partner Program" (15) (allowing publishers to submit their books for inclusion in the database).
The site is housed by Google Book Search, which enables users to view books, or parts of books, via their web browser, provided publisher permission has been granted, or the copyright has expired.
Currently, the Google Book Search site returns anywhere from a few lines to a few pages of a particular book's contents, depending on whether the book is under copyright and whether the publisher participates in its program.
amp; Arts; Google Book Search and the Future of Books in Cyberspace, 94 Minn.
Since early 2005, Google has been scanning library books for use in its Google Book Search project.
Department of Justice confirmed that it is investigating a settlement involving Google Book Search for possible antitrust violations, following months of speculation that the agency had its eye on the service.
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