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Google today began offering downloads for non-copyrighted books in PDF format, which allows readers to read the content on an ebook device and/or print the books out. The “full view” option will allow users to search for full-text books on the company's servers. Excerpts and bibliographic information about copyrighted books will be made available by Google – with Google reportedly working hard to make sure copyrighted material is not published. The Mountain View company plans on digitizing more books in the future.

Google is receiving help with the Google Book Search from Harvard, the University of Michigan, Oxford, the University of California, and the New York Public Library. Adam Smith, group product manager of Google Book Search and Google Scholar said that a large number of public-domain books are being scanned with help from the universities and public library. Pieces of work such as Isaac Newton's “Principia,” Dante's “Inferno,” and Albert Einstein are now available for free via download.

Although there are some fans of the Google Book Search, writers and publishers have not been as pleased with the service. Google claims that its completely legal under the fair-use exemption, but publishers believe that Google has no right to store their copyrighted works in the database without proper authorization.

The download service is supported by small, keyword-generated ads that are displayed on results pages.





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