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Marziah Karch

Download and Print Copyright Free Books

By August 31, 2006

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You may have noticed a new feature in Google Books. You can now download old, copyright free texts to read from your desktop or even print. I imagine it's cheaper to buy a copy rather than print, but I don't get my paper and toner for free. To find books that you can download, select the "Full view" radio button on Google Books.

I downloaded Aesop's Fables, and the book came complete with someone's hand written notes on the copy that was scanned.

Books with intact copyrights are not downloadable. In fact, Google has run into some controversy with a few publishers over the idea of books being scanned in for searches. If you've ever tried a Google Books search, you'll see why I find publisher objections to be a bit absurd. First off, you don't see the entire book. You can only read a snippet, and there are links to purchasing the full text on the right. It is yet another case of old media fearing new media instead of embracing it.

October 22, 2008 at 4:43 am
(1) jamal abdulah says:

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January 13, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(2) akulakaja says:

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Yes, itīs a very good idea. I try learn about.

February 12, 2009 at 6:48 am
(3) M.C. Nygard says:

Thanks, Marziah, for this informative article about copyright free books. I found Wallace D. Wattles THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH, and would like to add Google’s version of this copyright free book to my Web page. (I found a copy of the text elsewhere and linked to it.) Can I download the eBook and add it to my site directly? Or do I have to link to Google’s links?

February 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(4) Marziah says:

Google requests that you only use the PDF downloads for personal non-commercial purposes. If you’ve already got the full text, why not just use it on your website and link to the Google Book Search page where people can download a copy if they wish. It would save you bandwidth, too.

February 1, 2010 at 3:19 am
(5) Biology Blog says:

Very Good resources.

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