35664Re: Google Makes Public Domain Books Accessible to the World
- Nov 3, 2005I'm really enjoying this trend of putting more and more information
on the Internet for free. This means that IF the poor people around
the world can get access to the Internet, then they have a chance to
become educated without paying tuition and buying books.
For the nitpickers: OK, OK the advertising goes with it too.
--- In email@example.com, huddleston.r@c... wrote:
> Google Makes Public Domain Books Accessible to the World; Google
Print Unveils Collection of Public Domain Books From Libraries at
University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, and the New York Public
> MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov 03, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
> Today, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced the availability of the
first large collection of public domain books on Google Print. This
collection, scanned as part of the company's book digitization
project with several of the world's largest libraries, includes
works such as U.S. Civil War history books, government documents,
the writings of Henry James and other materials.
> Because they're out of copyright, these cultural artifacts can be
read in their entirety online at http://print.google.com, where
anyone can search and browse every page. They are fully searchable
and users can save individual page images.
> "Today we welcome the world to our library," said Mary Sue
Coleman, President of the University of Michigan. "As educators we
are inspired by the possibility of sharing these important works
with people around the globe. Think of the doors it will open for
students; geographical distance will no longer hamper research.
Anyone with an Internet connection can search the text of and read
the compelling narratives, historical accounts and classic works
offered today, and in doing so access a world of ideas, knowledge
> Examples of the public domain books available on Google Print
> -- Civil War regimental histories and early American writings from
the University of Michigan
> -- Congressional acts and other government documents from Stanford
> -- The works of Henry James from Harvard
> -- Biographies of New York citizens and other collected
biographies from the New York Public Library
> More information and images of pages from these materials can be
found on the Google Blog at http://googleblog.blogspot.com. These
works however are just a small fraction of the information that will
eventually be made available as a result of Google Print.
> "Our goal is to make these public domain books and the knowledge
within them accessible to the world," said Susan Wojcicki, vice
president of Product Management at Google. "Any researcher or
student, whether they're in New York or New Delhi can now research
and learn from these books that previously were only available in a
library. This underscores the value of Google Print and the work
we're undertaking with our library partners."
> The Google Print program was introduced in the fall of 2004 to
help users search through the oceans of information contained in the
world's books and to help authors and publishers promote their books
and expand their sales.
> Google is working directly with publishers through the Google
Print Publisher Program and libraries through the Google Print
Library Project to digitize the world's books.
> Users can visit http://print.google.com to search only the Google
Print index for book results; however, the Google Print index is
also integrated into Google.com web search results pages. As they
can with web pages, users can search the full text of every book
Google has scanned and, when they find a book that interests them,
view a card catalog-like entry with brief excerpts of their search
term in context. Users can only see more of any book they find if
the book is out of copyright or if the publisher has given explicit
permission to show full pages of a limited portion of the book.
> About Google Inc.
> Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by
> students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web
property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising
program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results,
while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is
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> Take care,
> Judy and Bob Huddleston
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