17 October 2012

Google Books, Settlements, and You

Michael J Leclerc did a post on Mocavo with the above title.  I suggest you give it a read to get a  snapshot of what has been going on with regards to digitizing books and the involvement of Google.

This is very important to us as genealogists and family historians!  I am frequently looking to see if Google Books either has a full version of an out-of-copyright book available or snippets from possibly relevant and more modern books.

Even if I can find that a book with a certain title exists through Worldcat, through Google Books and a partial or snippet view, I can get a better sense of whether the content of the book found might have relevance to my needs.  This helps me then decide whether I can access it locally, can borrow it through ILL, or might consider purchasing it.

There are so many gems hidden in books!  I’ve learned so many great things from book snippets and they have often left me “wanting more!” 

I do hope that we will continue to see more and more “snippets” of information from published books to remind us of their great content and their hopeful availability through a library or maybe as an on demand publication.

What do you think?

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