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Google Print for books, the controversial book scanning and searching service by Google (NSDQ: GOOG), has been launched with its first batch…

Google Print for books, the controversial book scanning and searching service by Google (NSDQ: GOOG), has been launched with its first batch of books. Included in this opening swathe are many 19th Century works of American literature and history, all of which are out of copyright.

AP: The list of Google’s so-called “public domain” works _ volumes no longer protected by copyright _ include Henry James novels, Civil War histories, Congressional acts and biographies of wealthy New Yorkers.

During the next several years, Google wants to create digital versions of millions of books stacked in the New York Public Library and four university libraries — Stanford, Harvard, Michigan and Oxford.

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