Google’s Version of Look Inside the Book

By Deane Barker on October 29, 2003

Google eyes book search: Google isn’t taking this Amazon Look Inside the Book thing lying down.

“Google is in talks with several publishers to build a service that would allow Web surfers to search the full text of books online, according to a report this week from Publishers Weekly’s online site. Google spokesman David Krane declined to comment. But such a service would likely allow people to query a database for keywords and then view exerpts from books where those keywords appear, according to the report. So far, Google has made agreements that give it the ability to scan as many as 60,000 titles, the report said.”

Google and Amazon are going to head-to-head a lot lately.