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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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Judge Chin found that the Google proposal would have run afoul of the copyright laws, that it would have violated the rights of authors in various ways and that it had the potential to violate the privacy of anyone who tapped into the Google book search.
"Obviously, Google has already made a large commitment to bookselling with Google Book Search, regardless of the outcome of the Google Books settlement," says Sieck.
The digitized books from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library and other materials from the UCSD Libraries are accessible via the Google Book Search index - using which readers will be able to view, browse and read the full texts online.