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Google Books. mayo 12, 2013

Posted by Adrian Almeida in Uncategorized.


Google Books

For this post, and apart from the ordinary bibliography that I normally looking up, I describe a really useful tool: Google Books.

Gbooks is a fantastic element that Google search engineer offers us. It provides us lots of tittles in all languages. Normally it´s not necessary to go specifically to Google Books since the “normal” Google redirect us automatically if we write the title of the book in search bar. But, what is specifically Google Books?

The two founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, have since they started thinking about the idea of  creating today´s more inportant search enginer, one clear idea: create another search engineer only to Books. The concise idea to this big library on the net becames precise in 2004. It was born with a very ambitious aim: extend the ways to visualise books; so   to give to general public a tool to read- with limits- different kind of books (of all over the world). According to BID (Biblioteconomia i Documentació-Universidad de Barcelona) the real objetive of Google Books is not provide to the world  an open-knowledge place, but became the most inportant books searcher, and at the same time get profits from this service:  “Sin embargo, Google no pretendía crear un archivo digital en aras de la difusión filantrópica del conocimiento humano. Lo que quería era escanear bibliotecas enteras para convertirse en el “buscador de libros” por antonomasia y obtener beneficios económicos con ello“.

It is true that, Google books offers us the complete books, but  they are only old books; books whitout copyright. On the other hand, GBooks was presented with the name Google Print in 2004 in Frankfurt, the city where is celebrated the most inportant books fair in Europe. The  publisher which accept the proposal of  scann their books for the new service were (From GoogleBooks history): Blackwell, Cambridge University Press, the University of Chicago Press,Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Penguin, Perseus, Princeton University Press, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Thomson Delmar and Warner Books. Apart from that ,the service has had a big problems with copyright, since the firm scann all parts of bools instead it doesn´t show us all pages.

So, the Google Books is a very good tool instead of all of problems and limitations that it could have. In our case, we are studing, it could be a fantastic element to prepare works in an academic way. On the other hand, is necessary to be consciuous that we need in this century this kind of tools; tools with open data bases, altough Google only want benefits…


-ESTEVE, Asunción (2010, Juny) . Análisis legal del proyecto Google books desde la perspectiva de los derechos de propiedad intelectual.Retrieved  May 27, 2013, from http://www.ub.edu/bid/24/esteve2.htm.

-Google Books. (2013, May 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:32, May 27, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Google_Books&oldid=556191871



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