Google boosts book search
Following the well-publicised 'universal search' update to its search engine, Google has
rolled out another improvement with much less fanfare, this time for finding
Google Book Search
expanded to include "millions of other books that still just exist in the analog
world," according to Adam Mathes, product manager for Google Book
Although the text of these books isn't accessible - if they
haven't been digitised, how could it be? - catalogue entries are available
showing title, author, publisher, ISBN and other details. This information is
drawn from union catalogues in various countries and other
Naturally, you'll also see links to online booksellers, and one
to the WorldCat library catalogue. Unfortunately, WorldCat's geographical
coverage is patchy, but that's not Google's fault.
By Stephen Withers (ITWire)
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