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Project Gutenberg & Google Books

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Jorge Íñiguez Yarza

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Project Gutenberg
Google Books
Two platforms in use

Android Market available in October 2008
Books are included in Android Market in July 2011
2002 - Google's "Secret Book Project"
Inspired by projects like
March 2012
in 2004 the University of Oxford concluded a mass-digitization agreement with Google
Announcement of Google Print at Frankfurt Book Fair
First publishers join the program
Beginning of the Google Print Library Project in December 2004
Development of a new, non destructive scanning method
Development of a new Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software
2006 - Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2007 - Biblioteca de Catalunya
First Spanish Libraries join to the Google Books Library Project
Controversy about copyright
Two lawsuits charged that Google has not respected copyright nor compensate properly copyright owners
Sept. 2007
New service starts: "My Library"
2005 First legal problems
Google Play Books is not present in many countries yet
Limited preview
No preview
Snippet view
If a search result includes ebooks for sale: "Preview" and prize links
If the ebooks are free: "Read" link
Agreement with publishing industry
Full view
Started by Michael S. Hart in 1971
In 2004: to provide as many e-books in as many for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible
History and Evolution
Initial goal: to make the 10.000 most consulted books available to the public at little or no charge
Progress of Project Gutenberg has run parallel with Internet and computers in general
History and Evolution
1971 - Beginnings in the University of Illinois. Digitalization of the United States Declaration of Independence
1991 - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1997 - La Divina Commedia, in Italian
1999 - Don Quijote, in Spanish
2000 - Creation of the web Distributed Proofreaders
History and Evolution
2002 - Digitized a quarter of the public domain works . "Human Genome Project" publishing.
2003 - Gutenberg Project Audio ebooks release
2004 - Web page improving and change of the host. Project Gutenberg is now hosted by ibiblio at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Figures and features
42.000 books directly in the Project Gutenberg page
100.000 books available from the partners' web pages
Supported languages? More than 50
More than 2.000 audiobooks in several languages
Partners and affiliates
Partners: Distributed Proofreaders, iBiblio, etc.
Sister projects: Project Gutenberg of Australia, Project Gutenberg of Canada, etc.
Affiliates: Librivox.org, The Internet Archive, etc.
Format of the ebooks
Books in all kinds of format can be downloaded
Plain text, HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, Plucker, Kindle, etc.
Compatible with computers, e-readers, tablets, smartphones, etc.
Legal issues
Public platform
Two types of ebooks:
Public domain titles
Copyrighted titles, with permissions given by the owner for unlimited non-commercial worldwide use
Legal issues
At the beginning of almost every Gutenberg book:
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Legal issues
Public domain titles
Copyrighted titles
The vast majority of Project Gutenberg ebooks are in the public domain in the United States.
There may be a license included in the book. If not, you will need to contact the copyright holder
All kind of public
There are mirrors, used to download groups of ebooks
No users register
There are compilations of the project: specials, "best-of", etc.
Donation policy: a one-time donation or monthly via Paypal
Audio Books Project
Recorded Music Project: mainly not very well-known groups around the world
Sheet Music Project
Films: mainly from the NASA
Images. Like "Tenniel Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland"
Data. Like the Human Genoma Project
Audio Books Project
Sheet Music Project
The main part of the items are works of fiction and literature
Scientific works
Classic works published until beginnings of the 20th Century
Lack of scholarly works
Novels from new authors
Web 2.0
Book's page
Web page not very well designed
No comments in the pages of the books
Not very intuitive some pages
Some parts of the project are a bit unknown (films, music)
The first digital library on Internet
Highly advisable
Very important cultural works digitized
Voluntary effort
Gutenberg vs Google Books / Play
Attempt to acquire Project Gutenberg by Google
Free vs. Comercial
Foundation support vs. Company
Many more ebooks in Google Books than in Gutenberg
Major part of the books in Google Books are truncated
The full text of the books are indexed in Google Books (in Gutenberg: Anacleto engine)
Google Books
Google Play Books

Target: scan 15.000.000 books in 10 years
It alows you to organize your books on shelves
Rejected later in 2011
Android market merges with Google Music: Google Play is born
Books in public domain or with author or publisher permission
Only part of the book, determined by the author or publisher, is available
The terms used in the search are highlighted in fragments of the text
like in a library catalog card
Only ebooks
No printed books
Google Books: service that searches full text of books, scanned and converted to text by Google
Google Play: application distribution platform for Android
Google Books
Google Play Books
Main Goal
Digitize every book ever printed to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages
Main Goal
Sell ebooks for Android and other device users
More like a (commercial) library
More like a book shop
Incomes from advertising, etc.
Incomes from the sell of ebooks
Thank you for your atention
Jorge Íñiguez
Daniel Martín-Moreno
Dolores Membrillo
Carmen Morales
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