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Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:30 PM
Ibiblio.org has been at this since I can remember. There are a couple of other open-source-book sites that offer out-of-copyright books. I have been using various such websites since at least 2000. Not exactly a new idea, and google is definitely not the first to come up with it.
That is awesome... I am glad that google was the first to do this, since I am a big fan of everything google (GMAIL, GTALK, G-Everything!!).
I cannot find the article (looked for 1/2 hour).. but i swear that yahoo tried to do this first.. They did not seem to succed since google now has it and I cannot find ANYTHING on Yahoo's effort.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:37 PM
Looks like you beat me to the punch! I have been filling my hard drives with Project Gutenberg's books for several years now. There is simply no other place to get some out-of-print books!
Google owes a great debt to Project Gutenburg, which has provided the texts of over 10,000 important novels, histories, and philosphies written before 1920.
I would venture to say, however, that the legal battle that is bound to begin shortly, will be interesting. Our Congress (bless their little heads) will no doubt have to reconsider both the copywrite law, and the fair use provisions in due time.
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