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Old 22nd November 2006, 08:03 PM   #1
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Have you played with Google's Booksearch?

This is a fantastic project: a BIG virtual Library with millions of books scanned from originals. They work with big Universities' Libraries and editors. They plan to reach +/-15million titles. Those books that still have "copy rights" (or whatever the name in english) can be partially viewed but those without are full-text!

As an example, I wanted to get Shakespeare's complete works (book) in english to read it side by side with my spanish translation but now I don't need it because I find many originals, full-text, with XIX century versions

Really, just mark "complete works" or the like and you will be amazed by the treasures there are.

I don't care if Google is looking for global domination, this virtual Library is GREAT!

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Old 24th November 2006, 02:24 AM   #2
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I think in the long run it'll be a good thing for book publishers (some of which have been whining and suing Google). I guess there will be some books which are out-of-print yet still under copyright. Maybe Google can negotiate some kind of e-publishing agreement with the copyright holders and then everybody benefits.
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Old 24th November 2006, 01:33 PM   #3
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Hi Dangus,
The topics that you anticipate may become possible.

One of the things that I found incredible is the fact that we can have access to classic/historic books that previously were available to some lucky scholars.
For example, Google + Universidad Complutense de Madrid= XII-XIIIth century books!

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Old 13th January 2007, 06:28 PM   #4
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Also check out Google Scholar, for peer reviewed journals such as medical research journals and such. What a wonderful thing the Web is!
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Old 13th January 2007, 07:45 PM   #5
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Thanks for that one!

(less "full-text" options though...)

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What a wonderful thing the Web is!
This is an effect of being approaching the Aquarius age

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