Thing 20 – Play with Google Book Search

In 2004, Google announced a partnership with several large academic and public libraries to scan 15 million books within a decade. Out of this project, called the Google Print Library Project, eventually came the product Google Book Search.

Google Book Search now allows browsing and searching full text within hundreds of thousands of titles from publishers as well as titles in the public domain. Subject to copyright restrictions, Google Book Search allows either viewing and downloading (as a PDF) of an entire volume, or online viewing of portions of volumes only.

Your Task

Visit Google Book Search and search for a book. I suggest Google: The Missing Manual by Sarah Milstein as it allows a limited preview.

The limited preview allows you to view the table of contents on the right hand side and view some segments of the book in the main panel. You can usually search within the full text, although some pages may not be available for viewing in the main view due to copyright restrictions.

You may also want to locate a public domain work. In the Google Book Search results page, click on ‘Full View’ to restrict your search only to works that are wholly available for viewing and download. This includes works in which the copyright term has expired, as well as works which the publisher has released into the public domain.

Make a blog post about Google Book Search. Is it a good idea?

This is the final task for the week. Next week, you’ll be having a look at iGoogle, another product from Google allowing you to create a customised home page. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, next week will be more easy-going.


Credit: Adapted from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.


2 Responses to “Thing 20 – Play with Google Book Search”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    Thing 20 – Play with Google Book Search
    Google Maps
    What a fantastic tool, I searched the Gold Coast for a good area to stay, close to shops, beach and not too far from the airport. I then zoomed in to find the roof top of a nice resort and located the street name infront of the resort with the suburb name. I then did a Google search on “resort street name and suburb” to find the individual resort. Made the reservation online, with piece of mind, knowing the location and facilities in the area.

    Google Street View
    I think my street in Parkdale is the only steet not included, although I can look down my street from the “T” intersection at the and just see my house.
    Still all very impressive.

  2. BIGcol Says:

    Google Book Search

    Really impressive search engine. It is good that it also displays covers of new items that have no preview. If I was searching elsewhere for an old or unusual topic and found nothing, this would be great place to go to find copyright free material. Good place to browse also.


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