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Google Book Search

Online Literary Database Searches


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Published 06/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

Google Book Search or books.google.com is a book search engine created by Google. It is known simply known as Google Books. It is like the Google web search, but instead of searching for websites for other things including pictures and documents, users are able to search specifically for books. Users can search for anything using the application or website and the search will turn up all books related to the chosen search terms. Book information has been scanned into the Google system and users can simple search for information about a particular book and either gain access to the book online or discover where to acquire the book. Many books can be scanned but there are also copyright restrictions to consider. If the author has provided permissions or copyrights have expired, users will be able to read the books online. Clicking on book search results takes the users to the book's information or pages from the book.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The Google Book Search application is part of the Google suite of projects and it has become a popular way to determine content for books. As leaders on the Internet, Google is a pace setter and does have a significant amount of followers. The name of the application has changed over time. However, the main features of the application remain consistent.

What are the differences to other apps?

Book searches occur on a variety of applications that are not primarily dedicated to books. However, with Google Books or Google Book Search, the application is dedicated to searching for books and only books. This can increase the focus and accuracy of the search and subsequent results.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Similar to using many other Google applications, the interface is simple and easy to use. Users insert a keyword, phrase or book title in the search box and click the Search Books button. Book results are presented and users can browse the results displayed. There are results that can also provide access to the full book or sample pages.

How does the registration process work?

It is possible to search for books without having an account. However if users want to create a list of books, sign up is required. By creating a library, users can review and also rate books. A Google account can be created in minutes and provides access to the additional features of the application.

What does it cost to use the application?

Google Book Search is free to use. This is similar to many other Google services. There could be links to other websites that sell the actual book a user is interested in.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Google Book Search is a good application for anyone who wants a way to look for books quickly and efficiently. A variety of users including students, professors, moms at home and many more groups of people, can use Google Books or Google Search Books to look for books and learn more about the books. Information found can lead to reading the book or finding out where to purchase the book.

  • Users can use the search box to search for books
  • There is a preview for most books added to the database
  • In some cases, books can be read online
  • Users can also find out where to buy books from
  • Users can find out which libraries have the books they are interested in


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