E-Sylum subscriber Yossi Dotan submitted the following notes on Google Books' policy on copyrighted works. We've discussed this before, but the topic's worth revisiting. -EditorI decided to see what kind of information can be found on http://books.google.com . Naturally, my first search was for my book, Watercraft on World Coins, Vol. I, Europe 1800-2005, published last year. What I found exceeded my expectations: just enter Dotan + Watercraft, click, and, under the tab "Preview this book," there appeared what looked like the entire book.
I wondered why anyone would care to buy the book, if it can be read on the internet, so I wrote the publisher. His answer follows:
Authors often ask about the Amazon and Google programs, as well as about Net Library and other electronic sales media, so it is worthwhile setting out briefly our current policy in this fast-moving and ever-changing world of book publishing and on-line sales.
Google take a copy of each published book and allow 20% of the book to be searchable on the web. (If you start at the front cover of the book on-line and scroll down, you'll see a yellow note between the cover and subsequent page that explains this is a preview only. The user can preview up to 20% of the pages, but then they hit the 20% limit and will not be able to view any additional pages. Google monitor the number of hits.)
he Amazon .Look-Inside-the-Book. is not searchable. The general consensus is that the Google ability to search for specific text or topics within a title offers the end user a very high level of certainty that .this is the book they need to purchase., hence the choice of Google. Indeed, Cambridge University Press uses the Google Book Search facility. You will notice that the opening Google page preview states: The total pages displayed will be limited.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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