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BookServer indexes online books…an alternative to Google?

Written By: daveski on October 20, 2009 No Comment

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s tech blog The Wired Campus ran an article today announcing that the San Francisco-based Internet Archive has a new service that allows anyone to find free or for-charge books online. The service is called BookServer, and describes itself in these words:

The BookServer is a growing open architecture for vending and lending digital books over the Internet. Built on open catalog and open book formats, the BookServer model allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries, and even authors to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks, or dedicated reading devices. BookServer facilitates pay transactions, borrowing books from libraries, and downloading free, publicly accessible books.

Just for kicks, I did a few searches and landed on this results page, showing Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture and Remix: Making art and culture thrive in the hybrid economy. But the search function looks pretty limited right now…will anything challenge the dominance and ease of Google Books?

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