Posted by: crudbasher | June 8, 2010

A million books on the beach

I found this great article on Google Books.  Quite an interesting set of tools.  What staggered me was there are over a million books available in the public domain you can get free online.

Think about that.  A million books!  You couldn’t explain this to a person 30 years ago.  And (wait for it) you can do this anywhere with mobile devices.  I can sit on the beach and have access to a million books, for free.

It blows the mind.  And yet the rate of change is speeding up.

PS. I apologize to any English Teachers who read this for starting two sentences with And. Let’s just call it artistic license. 🙂

  • List of techniques to use google books

    tags: education, technology, books, nell

    • Google Books is a Google service that makes discovering book content easier for us on the web. It started way back in 2004 and since then its mission has been to digitally scan and archive tons of book.
    • there are more than a million books in the Public Domain alone.
    • here are ten ideas for using Google Books.
    • Build Your Own Personal Library for Lifelong Learning
    • Your Very Own Magazine Stand
    • Try the Advanced Book Search
    • Share Your Library with Others
    • Search for Specific Text within Your Own Collection
    • Find Copycats
    • Get the Meanings of Words in Context
    • Search for Other Editions or Related Books
    • Download Google Books for Offline Reading
    • Quench Your Hunger for Strange Knowledge

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.



  1. Google Books is the PERFECT resource for online education. I’m not a huge advocate for expensive textbooks that make updates for no reason, costing everyone money, resources, and time to update. Publishers need to make the shift to online/open learning. Otherwise, move over. Google is coming through!

    • Good point Leah. Move over! Industries such as textbook publishers have had it easy for so long now, it takes a company like Google to get their attention that things are changing. Just look at Blockbuster now. They are seriously hurting from Netflix and Redbox!

  2. I had no idea that the collection was so extensive, I am going to have to take another, closer look. I haven’t had a lot of time to sit and explore Google Books. Thanks for giving me the push to go take a look again.

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