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Google Launches New Book Preview Sharing Tool

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September 25 – October 2, 2008 Edition

Google Launches

New Book Preview

Sharing Tool

NEW YORK, NY/9/25/08–Google announced early this week that it has initiated a new tool called Google Previews as part of its Book Search program. Publishers, web sites, retailers and others can now add the widget-like tool to their sites by embedding a few lines of code and display a Google-hosted preview of up to 20% of any book included in Google’s Book Search database.

Books-A-Million and Blackwell Bookshop are among the first retailers to include Book Preview on their sites. Others who plan to follow soon are Borders and Powell’s. Retailers using the tool must agree to enable Google Preview for all books in Google’s Book Search program. Google will offer a robust management tool for retailers who sign a special agreement. The system will enable the retailers to edit and update the title index for their sites. Tom Turvey is director of Google Book Search partnerships.

The Google service is free and available to any publisher or web developer.

Google Book Search, the area where Book Previews will be accessed, includes an ‘About this book’ page with basic bibliographic data like title, author, publication date, length and subject. For some books a user may also see additional information like key terms and phrases, references to the book from scholarly publications or other books, chapter titles and a list of related books. For every book, one can see links directing you to bookstores where a person can buy the book and libraries where one can borrow it.

Users can see books in Full View if the book is out of copyright, or if the publisher or author has asked to make the book fully viewable. The Full View allows you to view any page from the book, and if the book is in the public domain, you can download, save and print a PDF version to read at your own pace.