• Google Improves Comic Book Reading Experience In Play Books For Android

    Google Improves Comic Book Reading Experience In Play Books For Android

    Google today launched an upgrade to its Google Play Books store for Android that will make it easier to read comics on your phone and tablet. The company also today introduced personalized comic recommendations to make it easier to find similar series, as well as a set of curated series pages for comics in the Play Store. Read More

  • Google Updates Ngram Viewer With Improved Search Tools

    Google Updates Ngram Viewer With Improved Search Tools

    The Google Books Ngram Viewer got a new set of features today that will make it useful for more advanced research in corpus linguistics by adding wildcards and the ability to search for inflections and multiple capitalization styles. The tool, which launched as an experiment in 2010, allows you to search for words in the millions of books Google has digitized over the years, as well… Read More

  • Google Books Ngram Viewer Gets A Larger Dataset, Now Understands Parts Of Speech

    Google Books Ngram Viewer Gets A Larger Dataset, Now Understands Parts Of Speech

    Google’s Ngram Viewer for Google Books, a tool that lets you see how the usage of specific words has increased and decreased over time, just got an update. The Ngram Viewer now draws upon a larger dataset (though Google sadly doesn’t say how large exactly it now is) and got a few new features for more advanced analysis. Read More

  • Google Winding Down E-Book Reselling Program To Focus On Play

    Google Winding Down E-Book Reselling Program To Focus On Play

    The American Booksellers Association sent a letter to its members today announcing that Google was putting an end to its reseller program, which allowed independent bookstores to operate an e-book storefront using Google as the wholesaler. The news was confirmed shortly afterwards by a post on the Inside Google Books blog, saying “it’s clear that the reseller program has not met… Read More

  • Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement: Make It Opt-In

    Federal Judge Denny Chin ruled against the proposed settlement between Google and written content creators, saying that the proposed $125 million agreement (in discussion since 2009) is over-broad, and takes too many liberties on the part of orphan works and other potentially disputable items. The agreement would have put millions of books, in and out of print, online, but Chin suggested that… Read More

  • Google eBooks: Is That All There Is?

    Two weeks ago the Google eBookstore finally launched, and the world was briefly amazed. Google Editions, as it was known until launch, was the book world’s Duke Nukem Forever: vaporware for seven years, depending on how you count. Its actual emergence was like the birth of a unicorn. A mewling, misshapen, half-baked unicorn. Some background: “In 2004 Google digitized the entire… Read More

  • Google Books Determines That There Are 129,864,880 Books In The World (For Now)

    Google Books is one of the most straightforward projects in the Google meta-project of cataloguing and indexing every piece of data in the world. The human race has, after all, only been literate for around five or six thousand years, which makes the task measurable, if not easy. The project is also interesting for many other reasons — social, technological, and logistical. The impact… Read More

  • Judge In Google Book Settlement Case Says Photographers Are Not Authors

    The latest twist in the ongoing settlement talks between Google and book authors is that yesterday, the judge in the case denied an attempt by photographers to become part of the settlement. In the decision (embedded below), Judge Denny Chin basically ruled that photographers are not authors, and that the settlement only covers “word-based material,” with the exception of… Read More

  • The Google Book Store, Coming Soon To A Browser Near You

    Google offered some more details on its upcoming digital book store earlier today at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Google plans on selling downloadable electronic books called Google Editions to any device with a browser. Today, Google Books gives you the option to buy books you find there from other online retailers. But Google Editions will come directly from Google’s own… Read More

  • Plaintiffs In Google Books Settlement Try To Delay Hearing

    <img src="; class="shot2" It appears that the plaintiffs in the Google Books settlement fiasco are going back to the drawing board by asking to postpone a hearing that was scheduled for October 7. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice made its intentions clear that Google needed to rewrite the… Read More

  • Coming To Android This Summer: Kyte, Rummble and Google Books

    Always nice for a reporter to bump into a developer who builds mobile applications for startups and gives you a live preview and details of yet-to-be-announced stuff. No worries, he has permission to talk about the apps (he thinks). The man I’m talking about is Julián Moreno from development house Droiders, and he and his team have been hacking away at some fine apps for the Android… Read More

  • Google Allows Downloads of out-of-copyright Books

    Google is adding a feature to its Google Books service today to allow PDF downloads of out-of-copyright books. For example, to download a pdf version of Dante’s Inferno, see the right sidebar of this page. Until now, Google only allowed people to read the out-of-copyright books online (and only snippets of copyrighted works). To search the database of available full titles, go to… Read More

  • Google Books partners with Chinese publishers

    Google Books, a program that’s been controversial in the US, has reportedly penned a deal with four publishing houses in China. Rival Baidu has deals with Chinese libraries instead; its program has access to 15 million books, the largest online collection of Chinese books in the world. Working with libraries is the approach Google came under fire for in the US when publishers said… Read More