Thursday, May 17, 2007 9:48 AM
Google Book Search just got a lot more comprehensive. Today on the Inside Book Search blog comes the news that we're now including results for many more books -- including ones that we have not digitized through our partnerships with publishers and libraries. We've added metadata records to the Google Book Search index, which means you can now search across a much more comprehensive index of books and find places to buy or borrow the books that interest you.
In order to make the larger index easy for you and your patrons to navigate, you can filter your results based on viewability. In addition, the book's "About this book" page often includes reviews, web references, and book references. And as before, patrons can click on the "Find this book in a library" link to access a physical copy at a local library, thanks to our union catalog partners. (As with Library Catalog Search, the union catalog you'll click through to will depend on where you are in the world -- among the more than 20 union catalogs we're working with are those from the U.S., France, Spain, China, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and South Africa).
By searching over library union catalogs and other third party metadata sources, you and your patrons will be able to find even more relevant books. Give it a try at http://books.google.com.
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