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ERIC Number: EJ836085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Google Book Search: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
Schaffhauser, Dian
Campus Technology, v21 n5 p32-38 Jan 2008
Google is opening up whole new worlds for internet surfers and researchers everywhere. Google Book Search (, which is still in beta after several years of testing, offers the ubiquitous Google search box on its home page. It also has categories of books as well as book cover images that refresh every time the home page is refreshed. Once the user searches for a book and pulls up its record, one of two screens appears, depending on whether the book is under copyright or not. Copyrighted books display a limited number of pages ("snippets"), including the cover and back cover, the table of contents, the index, and some content pages. For books no longer under copyright (current criteria: those works published earlier than 1923 or books that the publishers have granted full viewing rights to), the same features exist, though not all include paid sponsor links. For some books, users can view a PDF edition (with download size shown) or view a plain-text version of each page. But is Book Search a project all about quantity over quality? This article takes a look at how Google is working with one of its partners--the University of California (UC) system--to keep the process humming along. UC signed a contract with Google in 2006, agreeing to provide no less than 2.5 million volumes to the digitization effort over the course of the agreement's six-year period.
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Language: English
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