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Google Announces First Installment of Digitized Public Domain Books

Google press release: “Today, Google Inc. 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, where anyone can search and browse every page. They are fully searchable and users can save individual page images.”
Related references:

  • postings on Google Print
  • Official Google Blog: Preserving public domain books
  • Microsoft in digitisation deal with British Library – Plans to digitise 100,000 (rather old) books
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