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Google buys reCAPTCHA to improve book-scanning technology

You know those tests that you have to fill out when signing up for new web services? The ones that ask you to enter the text you see in a box to prove that you're human? Those are called CAPTCHAs. And a company called reCAPTCHA does something really interesting with them. It finds hard-to-read text scanned from old newspapers and books. Because the ink and paper isn't in such good shape,...

Google Book Downloader

Google Book Downloader is a free utility that lets out download any book that's available in "full view" from Google Books. Of course, most of these books also feature download links right on the web page, but Google Books Downloader lets you queue up multiple jobs and convert all of the downloaded books to PDF files. The application is available for Windows and requires Microsoft .NET...

Google to sell eBooks by year's end

Google is reportedly planning to begin selling eBooks by the end of 2009. What's interesting is that Google won't be selling books in an old fashioned, downloadable format like PDF. Instead, the New York Times reports that readers would purchase books that could be read online. You'd have offline access through "cached versions" in your browser. In other words, it looks like you'll be able to...

Google makes 500,000 free eBooks available for Sony Reader

Sony and Google are partnering to make half a million books that Google has digitized for its eBook project available for free to Sony Reader customers through the Sony digital book store. That brings the total number of books in the Sony store to 600,000, or more than twice the number of eBooks found in Amazon's Kindle store. The only catch is that these books are all public domain works, most...