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Hopes of expanding the already voluminous Google Books collection (7 million books and counting) were shelved
by a New York federal district court Tuesday, the ruling citing anti-trust concerns.
Google previously reached a settlement with authors and publishers to digitize and
display excerpts of out-of-print books, even if the materials are not in the public
domain or explicitly authorized by publishers to appear in Google Books. This agreement
was challenged by the Authors Guild and subsequently struck down because it gave Google
a virtual monopoly on digitized books. The settlement also raised privacy rights concerns
because it would allow Google to track the books users read.
Despite the setback, the current digital collection allows users to search and preview
books, periodicals and other materials from libraries and publishers around the world.
Google books is an especially useful tool for genealogists, as users can often find
complete copies of published genealogies, directories, local histories and other useful
bookmarked some of our favorite family history titles in our Google Books library.)
For more on using Google Books for genealogy, read this Genealogy
Insider blog post or watch the video below: