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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 15, April 13, 2008, Article 15

GOOGLE BOOKS AND RECENT COPYRIGHTED NUMISMATIC WORKS

Dave Ginsburg writes: "It looks like almost the entire
contents of a two-year old book are online!   On Google Books
I noticed an online copy of the 2006 second edition of 'Gold
Coins of the New Orleans Mint' by Douglas Winter, Greg Lambousy
and me.  I haven't tried to download anything from the site,
but I can't imagine having this much of the book on the
Internet would be good for sales.  (The book is still in
stock at the publisher and many booksellers.) I've always
been pleasantly surprised by how many 19th century books
are available in digital form, but this is not so pleasant."

[The site has "Buy this book" links to Amazon and other sellers
including the publisher, Zyrus Press.  All 237 pages of the
work plus the dust jacket were freely available online when
I received Dave's note Wednesday.  I asked Uriah Cho of Zyrus
about it.  She writes: "Google Books is a great way to promote
books. It puts the books out there, makes the book visible to
readers, and ultimately boosts sales."  I generally agree and
wish more publishers would make pages of in-copyright books
available on the web.  I can also see Dave's concern, as does
Uriah, and Zyrus will work with the authors and Google Books
on a mutually agreeable subset for online availability.
-Editor]

To access the online 'Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint', see:
Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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