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, where anyone can search and browse every page," Google said in a statement.

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

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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