Blogger has mounted their initial book index. You can search for a phrase in a book and if the book is in the public domain, you can read the entire book or save portions of the text to your computer. If the book is under copyright, you will be able to read the phrase in context, but the amount of text visible is limited. Google has assured publishers that no books are currently in the database that are not either in the public domain or for which permission has been granted.
I tried a search for the phrase "Nothing matters, nothing is important" in quotation marks so the search engine knew it was a phrase and not just a collection of terms) and it actually found the source!
Take a look at http://print.google.com/ Google says there are "thousands" of books in the database. Imagine what it will be like in a few years.
Posted by Steven J. Melamut (Steve) on Tue. November 8, 2005 9:14 AM