Hello, fine folks. I wonder what you think about using Google books as sources in academic works. Here’s teh facts:
- Google books are scans of books, available online free of charge.
- They each carry a note stating the copyright holder’s permission for Google to do this.
- Usually it’s like 1/3 of a book available, the rest is inaccessible. Basically like a demo version, which is also the reason Google gives, or bookshop shelf (which they also say). They’re called previews.
- Usually, you’d only need just a passing reference anyway, a couple of pages that are relevant to what you’re doing. Which is sometimes a cherry on the cake, but sometimes the cake is all about the cherries.
Here’s teh problemz:
- This looks like a bookshop, not a library, in terms of setting.
- While you could technically lend books from a bookshop or use them there without buying, you don’t really want to hang out in bookshops to put together a dissertation.
- On the other hand, those books in Google are referenced as sources by others. Google can’t not know what’s going on. Google has copyright lawyers, and huge copyright holders (like worldwide publishers) aren’t blind, either.
What do you think?
Here’s teh linkz:
How the books come about:
About those with limited availability (and I think only those):
Keeping track of the number of pages you’ve seen:
Some little more about the idea: