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Google Book Search

Friday, December 8th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
What can you tell me about the Google Book Search? I’m interested in learning more about it.

A:
This topic is perfect for any of you who like to read. If you enjoy reading as one of your main hobbies, you will be so excited by the time you finish this tip. The Google Book Search is one of the coolest features on the Internet today. With it, you’ll never run out of books to read or information to learn. Are you ready to hear more about it? Then let’s get going!

The Google Book Search is a feature you can use to search the Internet for copies of books. You can search among various subjects that interest you and when you’re done, you can also find out where you can borrow them or even buy them. The book search works just like a search engine. You type your area of interest into the search box and in a matter of seconds, you will see lists and lists of books that fall under that category. For example, I’m a big dog lover, so I typed “dogs” into the search box. Suddenly, my computer screen was filled with everything I could ever dream of learning about dogs.

Of course, it’s good to narrow down your search as well. I’m very much interested in learning how to train dogs, so I put “training dogs” in my search and several books on dog training came up. The options are endless with Google’s Book Search. You can find so much information about any such topic that you may be interested in.

When you do a book search, you will see that under each listing, there is an “About this book” link. This gives you basic information on the book, including the title, author, publication date and the length. Some of the books also have some other additional information, such as key terms, phrases, references, chapter titles and even a list of related books with the same subject.

Now, it’s important to know that not every single book will come in the full text version. Each book is assigned a different preview length and these are displayed clearly for each listing in your book search. Each book will either have a full view, a limited view, a snippet view or there may be no preview available at all. The full view option comes across when the book is out of its copyright date or if the publisher gave permission to allow viewers to read the book in its entirety. If this is so, you can upload the book and read through it completely as many times as you’d like.

On the other hand, if it’s a limited view copy, you can only see certain parts of the book. With this feature, the publishers of the books have joined Google’s Partner Program and they allow you to see a few of the pages in their full length, but there is a limit to what you can see online. In the snippet view, you can do special searches for information within the book. From those results, up to three snippets of the text will be shown to you. If the book you have found has no preview available, you won’t be able to see any parts of the book, but you can read the other information provided under the “About this book” link.

Also, every book you find with the Google Book Search has links included with it that will take you to places that you can buy or borrow the books from. There will be listings for booksellers if you want to buy the book or you might be able to find it in a library. If you’re really interested in a certain book, you’ll definitely want to check that out. Now, you may be wondering where the books come from to make this search possible. Well, they mainly come from the book publishers and from libraries.

If you want to start searching now, visit the Google Book Search engine right here. Type in the subject you’re interested in and start going. Who knew learning and reading could be so easy?!

One more thing: Microsoft recently came out with their own book search and I’m going to go over the differences between that one and Google’s tomorrow, so make sure you stay tuned!

Happy reading!

~ Erin

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