Friday, April 17, 2009

GoogleBooks a good thing for indies?

According to an article on Publetariat, yes:

"Why Google Book Search Is A GOOD Thing For Indies

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about Google Book Search lately. Mainstream publishers and authors are variously confused, angry or nervous about GBS, but for indie authors and small imprints, it’s all good.

What’s This All About, Then?

From Wikipedia:

Google Book Search is a tool from Google that searches the full text of books that Google scans, converts to text using optical character recognition, and stores in its digital database. The service was formerly known as Google Print when it was introduced at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2004. When relevant to a user's keyword search, up to three results from the Google Book Search index are displayed above search results in the Google Web Search service (

A user may also search just for books at the dedicated Google Book Search service. Clicking a result from Google Book Search opens an interface in which the user may view pages from the book as well as content-related advertisements and links to the publisher's website and booksellers. Through a variety of access limitations and security measures, some based on user-tracking, Google limits the number of viewable pages and attempts to prevent page printing and text copying of material under copyright."

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Also interesting:
2009, the year POD went mainstream


Blackgirl On Mars said...

You may have already received one of these, but your blog came to mind when I had to choose ten blogs of excellence. I hope you can swing by and pick it up!
Hugs from Mars,
the lab

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Queen ^_^

Thankyou Sis!!!!
I'm honored.
I'll schedule a blogpost to share this gem with some of the many fly blogs I visit.

Shine on