Inside Google Book Search Announces Greater Access to Public Domain Books

Greater access to public domain works for all users. ‘Today we launched a new feature for Book Search to help more people access the world’s great public domain works. Whenever you find an out-of-copyright book in our index, you’ll see a “View plain text” link, which lets anyone access the text layer of the book. As Dr. T.V. Raman explains on the main Google blog, this opens the book to adaptive technologies such as screen readers and Braille display, allowing visually impaired users to read these books just as easily as users with sight. This is an exciting step for us in our mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’

What is Google Book Search? ‘Book Search works just like web search: Try a search on Google Book Search or on When we find a book whose content contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results. Clicking on a book result, you’ll be able to see everything from a few short excerpts to the entire book, depending on a few different factors.’

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