Google’s been embroiled in a battle with writers and the Authors Guild over whether or not the company’s book scanning project infringed on their copyright. Today the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals held that it’s fair use.
Well, this is awkward. You're reading a 19th-century romance novel where the plucky heroine is finally reunited with her lover, so she joyously flings "her anus around his neck." Wait, what? It turns out this is a surprisingly common turn of events in Google Books search. OCR, you sure have some kinky tastes.
Nearly a decade after it started, the lawsuit between the Authors' Guild and Google over its book-scanning program has been thrown out. This means that Google can keep digitizing millions of books for free distribution, and more importantly, that fair use is in the public's best interest.
It's easy to forget that owning something digitally is way different from owning it for real. And if you do forget, it can bite you in the ass. That's what happened to Jim O'Donnell when he traveled into Singapore and found that Google Play Books app on his iPad had up and deleted all his ebooks.
Though it sorta looks like a classier but blinged out Kindle, the iRiver Story HD is actually the first e-book reader that'll be integrated with Google eBooks. Which means you can buy Google eBooks over Wi-Fi.
250,000 of the British Library's out-of-copyright books from 1700 to 1870 will be digitized by Google, both sides confirmed today. This means the whole world will get access to important tomes, pamphlets and periodicals spanning some 40 million pages, via Google Books and the British Library's website.
That beautiful car is a brand new 1906 Oldsmobile Model B Runabout. Yep, Bob Ferry used Googles Books to find old magazines that described mechanics, showed pictures and gave descriptions of the Oldsmobile so he could build it a 100 years later.
Google, who's been determinedly digitizing the world's books, thought it might be prudent to figure out just how many books are actually out there to begin with. They made a special algorithm, natch, and came up with 129,864,880.
A Weekly World News' reader and accident victim used his cellphone to "record incredible views of the other side." It may be all made in Photoshop, though. I don't know. But wait, there's also a full reportage of hell too.
While French President Sarkozy didn't namecheck Google directly, he more than alluded to them, claiming that their aim of scanning out of copyright books and putting them online will damage France's own book digitization plan.
Google's been busy this week, and they're wrapping it up by mixing Google Books with Google Maps. Locations listed in certain books will have a link to that same location in Google Maps, so you can, um, check it out on a map. It's kind of cool, I guess, at least with some of the titles, like Around the World in Eighty…