Hilarious Ebook Scanning Error Replaces "Arms" With "Anus"

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. » 5/06/14 4:40pm 5/06/14 4:40pm

Google Wins the Right to Keep Scanning Millions of Books for Free

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. » 11/14/13 12:52pm 11/14/13 12:52pm

Travelers Beware: Google Play Might Delete All Your Books (Updated)

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. » 8/17/13 3:00pm 8/17/13 3:00pm

Google's Helping the British Library Digitize 250,000 Books

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. » 6/20/11 6:50am 6/20/11 6:50am

Google Adding Maps to Books, Ads to Follow?

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… » 1/27/07 2:00pm 1/27/07 2:00pm