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We're working with several major libraries to include their collections in Google Book Search and, like a card catalog, show users information about the book plus a few snippets – a few sentences of their search term in context.

What does a Google Books Library Project book look like?
When you click on a search result for a book from the Library Project, you'll see the Snippet View which, like a card catalog, shows you information about the book plus a few snippets – a few sentences of your search term in context. You may also see the Sample Pages View if the publisher or author has given us permission or the Full Book View if the book is out of copyright. In all cases, you'll see 'Buy this Book' links that lead directly to online bookstores where you can buy the book.

Click on the screenshot at the top right of this page to see the Snippet View for the 1924 book True Stories of Pioneer Life by Mary C. Moulton.

What's the goal of this project?
The Library Project's aim is simple: make it easier for people to find relevant books – specifically books they wouldn't find any other way such as those that are out of print – while carefully respecting authors' and publishers' copyrights. Our ultimate goal is to work with publishers and libraries to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages that helps users discover new books and publishers discover new readers.

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Three ways books are displayed

Snippet View

View a few sentences and information about the book

Sample Pages View
View a limited number of pages of the book

Full Book View
View the entire book

To see close-ups of these pages and to learn more about Google Book Search features, view our Screenshots.

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