Google Books today celebrating an important milestone: "Google has digitized one million books from member libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation."
Google says "each of these volumes has been scanned, translated from image to text with OCR and added to the Google Books index. Once digitized, the books are shipped back to originating libraries to resume their journeys from bookshelves to backpacks. While Google preserves library books in digital form, it also sends participating libraries (at no cost to us) digital copies for our own archives or other non-commercial use." Accordingly, the CIC libraries are making hundreds of thousands of the recently digitized public domain volumes accessible through their partnership with the HathiTrust Digital Library.
Some examples of CIC titles available for reading include: An Unwritten Account of a Spy of Washington, published in 1892; The 1901 Pipe and Quid: An Essay on Tobacco; and The Sun: a familiar description of his phaenomena, published in 1885.
Further, Google said "We've a long way to go to digitize all of our books. In fact, CIC libraries have agreed to provide as many as 10 million volumes to this ambitious project, out of total collections approaching 85 million volumes. -- so this is just the beginning."