Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Google Pens New Search Chapter

Google Pens New Search Chapter

excerpt: "We have agreements with publishers where we are able to show a certain percentage of the book," said Google product manager Adam Smith. When it has the rights, Google will show the actual page as it looks in print. For books that are in the public domain, Google will show the entire book if it exists in the database. For books under copyright where Google does not have an agreement in place, the search results will show bibliographic information for the book or a small snippet showing where in the book the answer to the query was located.
One of the question that comes immediately to mind is about agreements with copyright holders. Adam Smith claims to have agreements with publishers, but how many?

I suspect this is such a significant move that few publishers will be able to simply refuse. But it will be an interesting process to watch.