Google Print Live with "Public Domain Books"

Nov 3, 2005 • 10:18 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google News & Finances

So Google Print now has what is called "Public Domain Books" in its index. The Google blog calls this Preserving public domain books but many authors are really steaming about this. Try it out at

Every page of these books is fully available online, so you can study, for instance, an illustrated version of Henry James' Daisy Miller (see page one, above) from Harvard's Henry James collection, or read how Private Joseph Taylor got his medal of honor in style, in The Seventh Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers in the Civil War, 1862-1865, from the University of Michigan.

And since every word is searchable, as you are browsing The Wealth and Biography of the Wealthy Citizens of the City of New York -- from the New York Public Library's collection -- you can find that there were more grocers than bankers listed in 1855.

This is a great asset for everyone, in my opinion.

At WebmasterWorld, they are discussing this and one member said that he searched on a book that was not in the "public domain." To his surprise he was asked to login to read more, the message read;

Why do I have to log in to see certain pages? Because many of the books in Google Print are still under copyright, you'll see a limited amount of these books. To help us enforce these limits, some pages are available only after you log in to an existing Google Account (such as a Gmail account) or create a new one. Other pages in each book are available without login. If you prefer not to log in but still want to see a few pages, click on the 'view an unrestricted page' link. Keep in mind that Google Print is about finding and discovering books, so you may not be able to see every page you want to.

So it searches parts of books outside of the public domain, also. Ben had me do a search on the world was so recent and up came the correct result One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Forum discussion currently at WebmasterWorld.

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11/03/2005 05:25 pm

Does anyone else get the following when they visit googleprint. We're sorry... ... but we can't process your request right now. A computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that your computer or network has been infected. We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your computer is free of viruses and other spurious software. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google. To continue searching, please type the characters you see below:

Loren Baker

11/04/2005 04:05 am

OHYoS, good book, great insight into South American superstitions and captures the magic of oral storytelling.

Ben Pfeiffer

11/04/2005 05:30 pm

Probably my favorite book of all time, read it as a kid so its why I had him search for it. ;-)

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