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PostPosted: 22 Sep 2009, 21:22 
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Google lets you custom-print millions of books

(WIRED) -- What's hot off the presses this week?

Any one of the more than 2 million books old enough to fall out of copyright into the public domain.

Over the last seven years, Google has scanned millions of dusty tomes from deep in the stacks of the nation's leading university libraries and turned them into searchable documents available anywhere in the world through its search box.

And now Google Book Search, in partnership with On Demand Books, is letting readers turn those digital copies back into paper copies, individually printed by bookstores around the world.

Or at least by those booksellers that have ordered its $100,000 Espresso Book Machine, which cranks out a 300 page gray-scale book with a color cover in about 4 minutes, at a cost to the bookstore of about $3 for materials. The machine prints the pages, binds them together perfectly, and then cuts the book to size and then dumps a book out, literally hot off the press, with a satisfying clunk. (The company says a machine can print about 60,000 books a year.)

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PostPosted: 23 Sep 2009, 09:36 
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Great work. The next step is what to do about the books still under copyright because Walt Disney has been so desperate to hold on to its Mickey Mouse copyright.

Google has recently announced its groundbreaking agreement with publishing companies about making books available online, but it has yet to be implemented.


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PostPosted: 23 Sep 2009, 09:47 
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yeah, books are out of date. :cheeky: :cheers:

Wow--- does this mean some old stitching books are available again?

yes, yes it does:

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One knitter discovered a long-lost book about knitting, and recreated the heirloom pieces and even built a loom from a long-lost design. Another reader, who works with subsistence farmers in Africa, currently uses PDFs of old farming techniques to teach still-relevant skills.

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