Google Wants You To Tell Them Which Books Are Public Domain

Sep 14, 2010 • 9:06 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

There are two or more threads at the Google Book Search Help forum on the topic of making more books "full view" accessible.

Full View is only available for books that are "out of copyright, or if the publisher or author has asked to make the book fully viewable." The Full View allows you to view any page from the book, and if the book is in the public domain, you can download, save and print a PDF version to read at your own pace.

Clearly Google would love if more books were full view so after one person complained that he found a book where the author died in 1821 and the book was not available in full view. Since the author died in 1821 the book should be in the public domain and available for full view.

So Googler, Sofia started a thread asking people to either post books that should be full view in the thread or submit the information via web form. The details Google needs to know to make the book available in full view are:

  • Title
  • Author
  • URL of the book in Google Books

Forum discussion at Google Book Search Help.

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