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Google Books, also called the Google Books Library Project, is a massive repository of full texts of books. It was designed to allow users to search through the digitized full text of books as quickly as a web search. For books that are in the public domain, users are able to download a PDF copy; in other instances up to 20% of the book may be shown to users in snippet form. Google obtains and digitizes content from a number of libraries who "partner" with it to provide the hard copy books for scanning. In 2005, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers filed a suit against Google in US courts to prevent the service from showing snippets of published works, alleging massive copyright infringement.
The HathiTrust digital library has released an application that will list every book page that contains a user's search term, rather than the default Google Books search, which might return a partial result according to the HathiTrust developers.
The HathiTrust tool can be accessed here.
- ↑ Young, Jeff. "Universities Add Their Own Search of Google Books." The Chronicle of Higer Education. Posted November 18, 2009. http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Universities-Add-Their-Own/8901/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en. Accessed on November 23, 2009.