Google is adding another feather to it’s “Google Books” service called “PDF downloads” of non-copyrights books. Using Google’s Book Search service, Web surfers hunting titles like Dante’s “Inferno” and Aesop’s “Fables” will be able to download PDF files of the books for later reading, to run keyword searches or to print them on paper. Up to now, the service only allowed people to read the out-of-copyright books online.
Google’s Book Search service is the product of its Books Library Project, which is digitizing books from major libraries around the world in order to make them searchable online. Its partners include the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, the University of California and the New York Public Library. Google is also conducting a pilot project with the Library of Congress.