Google has now scanned over a million books as part of its controversial partnership with major libraries, but many students and professors don’t know when Google has a copy of the book they’re looking for. Google wants to change that by getting college libraries to integrate Google’s book search into online library catalogs.
This week Google unveiled a set of software protocols that allow libraries to essentially merge Goolge’s collection with their own.
Among the first to take advantage of the new protocols are the University of Texas at Austin’s libraries. If a user searches the UT library catalog for a book that happens to be in Google’s collection, the catalog entry includes a link that says “Limited Preview at Google Book Search.” The link takes users to that book in Google’s collection, which allows searching of the full text. For books that are still covered under copyright, Google allows only short passages to be viewed, though it offers full text viewing of other books. —Jeffrey R. Young