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Google Book Scans Get Unified With Web Search

Google Book Scans Get Unified With Web Search

By Chris Crum June 8, 2012

Google released its big list of 39 changes it made in May. One particularly interesting change deals with how Google handles results from the books it scans. The change says: Scoring and infrastructure improvements for Google Books pages in Universal …

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Google Book Search Tool May Madden Microsoft

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Fun With Microsoft’s Anti-Google Rant

The groundwork for the massive attack on Google Book Search as orchestrated by Microsoft’s executives and PR handlers conveniently ignores Microsoft’s tactics and history.

Microsoft: Google Can’t ‘Opt Out’ Of Copyright Law

You could say some of the sound bites from Microsoft’s latest rant over Google’s approach to copyright law bear a resemblance to a political campaign – not just because they carry the same tintinnabulation of highroad mantras, but have the same stabbing indignation of a call to war. Google’s doin’ wrong, says the Beast of Redmond, and we’ve got to do something about it.

Publishers Scoff At Online Book Search

In one of its most ambitious projects ever, Google has set a goal to digitize all book content that is public domain, and also snippets from other copyrighted words in order to provide users with the most comprehensive book search function ever conceived.

Several prominent libraries have already signed up to be a part of the Google Book Project, but the online search giant’s ambitions have some publishers turning up their nose in disapproval.

UC Libraries May Join Google Project

The University of California (UC) system could take part in Google’s book-scanning project, and would make 34 million volumes available to the search engine.