August 19, 2005
I still want to do more substantive writing on Google Print, but for now a short correction. Earlier,
I suggested that public domain books would be shown in full, but Google
allows people to see only a few pages from other books for a given
search. They do – but only books explicitly authorized as
part of the Google publisher program.
For all other books (now, all others that publishers haven’t explicitly
forbidden from inclusion), Google only shows bibliographic information
and a few sentences surrounding the search term.
This seems even less objectionable and a particularly relevant point in light of Siva’s hypo involving poetry.
I know I shouldn’t fight the hypo, but I think this greatly narrows the
array of unique variations Google would have to deal with in order to
the “heart” of a work. This also further demonstrates why it’s critical to
focus on what Google actually displays, rather than the intermediate
copying of the entire book.