Google Print

by Chris Bertram on April 28, 2005

Fully searchable “Google Print is now out”: and there’s lots of valuable stuff. A fantastic resource!



Creative Commonist 04.28.05 at 8:17 am

“you can view the entirety of public domain books or, for books under copyright, just a few pages or in some cases, only the title’s bibliographic data and brief snippets”


Alan Schussman 04.28.05 at 9:49 am

Holy cow. That’s cool.


bob 04.28.05 at 10:16 am

All the content I’ve found has been from publishers rather than from the library digitization projects that have received so much publicity. I’d be interested in a pointer to library-digitized content, if anyone can find any.


Colin Danby 04.28.05 at 4:10 pm

Not bad at all. Not everything you’d like, but it’s hard to argue with more searchable content. It’ll definitely help sell books — I’ve already found two new books I want. It should also help with some of those occasions when you need to make up a quick cite for something you vaguely remember reading. If they could just digitize another ten million books I’d never have to leave my desk.

So far searches for two terms seem limited to cases where both terms appear on the same page of a book (a limitation one does not face with searching pdf documents). Any way around that? One of the most powerful kinds of academic searches is to put together several references or names i.e. how many papers out there that reference authors A, B, and C, but those don’t work here.

Will this encourage people to use more jargon? One way to search is to look for specialized terms that only people in your sub-area are likely to use. Will we end up writing with an eye to future searchability?


alois fahling 04.29.05 at 4:05 pm

How did you isolate the book listings? doesn’t have a search window.


alois fahling 04.29.05 at 8:19 pm

Simple enough…
I have to type in the word: ‘books’ before anything else (not after).

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