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Google Books for iPad adds in-book search and landscape mode

Google has updated its Books app for iOS today, and the new version brings a handful of bug fixes, performance improvements, and a couple of new features. One of these is iPad-specific: reading books in the landscape orientation on Apple tablets is now possible. The second is the addition of a Find feature which shows you all the matches for a particular query as you scroll. Tapping Get...

Android Market now offers e-book purchases

There were some interesting discoveries noted when the Android Market website went live recently. Specific URLs behaved differently than the categories listed on the site -- they ended with books, music, and movies. Now, TechCrunch reports that the Books subsection is active. Right now, however, the Books tab will only appear for users who access the it via the Market App on an Android 3.0...

Google Books now lets you compare word and phrase frequency in 5.2 million books

Google, in association with a couple of boffins from Harvard University, has just released an awesome tool that should entertain you for at least 10 minutes, and possibly more. It lets you compare words, or phrases, from a corpus totaling 500 billion words from 5.2 million books -- in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. The potential applications for such a tool are...

GooReader updates to version 2.0, now a sexier way to read Google Books

We showed you GooReader back in August, and it was already a very slick way to read Google Books titles on your Windows desktop. It's now been updated to version 2.0, and GooReader is looking good and more functional than ever before. In addition to getting a bit of a facelift, GooReader 2.0 lets you highlight blocks of text or draw little notes on a page. There's no text tool this time around,...

The Download Squad Brief: Google Books v Copyright

The six year legal battle over Google Library Project has turned a new page, with a court hearing in New York that may determine the future for the controversial venture to build an online library of more than 18 million books. The hearing, before Federal Judge Danny Chin, will decide the fairness of the 2008 settlement, between Google and the Authors Guild and the Association of American...

Stanford signs Google Book Search agreement and brings millions of old and out-of-print books to our fingertips

Back in 2008 Google secured a landmark settlement with authors and publishers in the U.S. Both The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers agreed to the deal, opening up a truly vast number of books and periodicals and other written materials. The settlement received a lot of flak from authors, and Google paid $125 million to resolve a lot of claims made by troubled writers. ...

E-book buyer's privacy guide - reading isn't solo anymore

The digital footprints we leave as we move along in our daily lives are pretty astonishing. As our lives are transformed by the convenience technology provides, the price we pay is the privacy we give up. Today is Data Privacy Day, and we thought it was a good time to highlight one of the areas where companies are watching your behavior closely. The Electronic Frontier Foundation published an...

More Google Books news

Sure, Google is planning to start selling access to digital books online. But that's not all Google Book Search is good for. Today Google announced a few new features for its online book service. My Library You can create a "book collection," using Google Book Search. When you search for titles, a new option pops up to add books to "my library." You won't be able to read your books online, but...