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Google launches controversial digital book site

Google launched a controversial digital book site:

The Internet search giant said the initial collection will include "public domain" works — those without current copyright protection — in an apparent effort to ease concerns that have led to legal challenges.

"Because they’re out of copyright, these cultural artifacts can be read in their entirety online at http://print.google.com, where anyone can search and browse every page," Google said in a statement.

"They are fully searchable and users can save individual page images."

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Google launched its controversial effort to digitize millions of books for online viewing — but said it would limit access to any copyrighted material for now.

I imagine in a few years no one will give this a second thought, and will be amazed there was ever a world without this feature. There has been quite a furor over this, but I can’t see this as anything but a good thing. 

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