December 17, 2003
Google Introduces Book Search Feature Beta
"During this trial, publishers' content is hosted by Google and is ranked in our search results according to the same technology we use to evaluate websites. On Google Print pages, we provide links to some popular book sellers that may offer the full versions of these publications for sale. Book seller links are not paid for by those sites, nor does Google benefit if you make a purchase from one of these retailers." [Google Weblog] A number of searches for fiction titles published in the past five years yielded links to Amazon, but not to Google Print. See also this New York Times article: Google Experiment Provides Internet With Book Excerpts.
More Google news: Their product search service, Froogle, is now a link on the main page, timed for holiday shopping. See this netimperative article for more info, as well as this FAQ.