Google Launches FREE Public Domain Book Downloading


Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain.

The download initiative does not include any books under copyright. For these titles, Book Search only displays basic bibliographic information and, in many cases, small snippets of text surrounding a search term, unless it has permission from the publisher to show more. The company's display of snippets has riled some publishers, but Google has argued the small bites of text constitute fair use.


That government documents are public domain. I've seen and reported to Google several Congressional titles published since 1923 that Google Book Search claims to be in copyright.