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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) on Thursday granted users of Android mobile phones and Apple's iPhone access to more than 1.5 million books for free, if you exclude the two thousand dollars or so that go toward hardware and carrier charges over a two-year contract.
"What if you could also access literature's greatest works, such as Emma and The Jungle Book, right from your phone?" asked Google's Viresh Ratnakar, Guillaume Poncin, Brandon Badger, and Frances Haugen in a blog post. "Or, some of the more obscure gems such as Mark Twain's hilarious travelogue, Roughing It? Today we are excited to announce the launch of a mobile version of Google Book Search, opening up over 1.5 million mobile public domain books for you to browse while buying your postage."
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Most books in the public domain were published before 1923. So Google's gift is less useful than it might be, particularly for those looking for modern technical information. But for aficionados of classic literature, this is the mother lode.Google's generosity in making so many free books easily accessible to users of Android and Apple mobile phones may not please authors trying to sell copyrighted work or Amazon, which, through its Kindle e-book reader, has been building a market for paid digital text. But Google has never been reverential toward business models that depend on scarcity and control; it has always pursued a more-is-better policy with regard to information.Google Book Search, formerly known as Google Print, was introduced in 2004 and targeted by publishers and their lawyers the following year for digitizing books without the permission of copyright holders.
More at; http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/iphone/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=213202148&cid=RSSfeed_TechWeb
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