|09-12-2008, 05:55 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Google books or ebooks
When Google had the book project, and then changed it to preview only, why didn't they establish an ebook purchasing system?
Google now links to other bookstores, and now there are also some external ebook sites that have a limited selection.
Google has the capacity for photocopying those thousands of books they did,
Why doesn't Google have an ebook store?
|09-14-2008, 05:39 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Google Books has a lot of books that are so old they're uncopyrighted. They probably could sell those if they wanted to.
I like Google Books but it's not as useful as it could be. I'm glad they finally began to permit people to browse the copy-and-pasteable plain text versions of some books, but you can't download them in plain text, and in my experience, you can't extract the text from the PDF versions they offer - the only plain text that can be extracted from the PDFs is Google's annoying usage guidelines.
So, I still prefer Project Gutenberg. The use of most of Project Gutenberg's books is apparently so unrestricted you could even make your own printed versions (or better-formatted ebooks), instead of having to wait and hope that Google releases them for sale as an ebook or anything else.
Last edited by Apollia; 09-14-2008 at 06:05 AM. Reason: Added a bit
|09-14-2008, 06:37 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Google didn't invest yet in that type of technology (both software AND hardware needed)
They are not as known in the book industry as Amazon, and probably the sales would be low anyway.
But who knows, maybe in the future..
|09-14-2008, 06:48 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Interesting though, Amazon has the online reader, an ebook format, for books that have already been purchased.
Most major publishers have ebooks on this site eBooks.com
Just wondering why Google didn't get there first, and make a totally comprehensive library and store.
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