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Haochi [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
18 years ago6,838 views

It works here in Ohio, USA.
Is this new???

dpneal [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Can you read the whole book Haochi? I can't (in the UK)

Ratatösk [PersonRank 2]

18 years ago #

depends on what book, sometimes I can read the whole one

OREO [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Works here... not amazing quality though.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

As far as I know...I can read the whole book.(I click from 1-10 then skip to 50-60).

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

These books are Full View. (Atleast for me)

Will [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

Works perfectly for me.

Josiah Sprague [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

I am surprised by the lack of quality. I suppose it would be explained by the large volume of books that need to be scanned- a very long and monotonous job. Is there a system in place for low quality scans to be replaced in the future? Possibly some type of user contribution.

Bjørn Nielsen [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

I can´t see anything from Denmark either. Maybe it is a US only view?

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Romeo and Juliet dosn't work either. I wanted that for school work. oh well I've borrowed the book from the library now.

Mark Scholes [PersonRank 1]

18 years ago #

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

> These books are Full View. (Atleast for me)

I get "No preview available" for those from Germany...

Duane [PersonRank 0]

18 years ago #

According to (the blog post that seems to announce the project), they say:

Update: Some print versions of Shakespeare's plays may not be in the public domain everywhere in the world. In cases where the copyright status is in question, we protect the publisher by showing the Snippet View. As always, we encourage you to let us know if you believe a publication should be in Full Book View, and we hope you bear with us as we confirm the status and, whenever appropriate, change the display.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Interesting. I can't see snippets though for Shakespeare and Shakespeare is in the public domain here too (Germany). I think they just didn't check the local laws so far and asking people to give them feedback on this is kind of ridiculous – they expect their users to know more about book copyright then the legal team at Google, and they would simply trust me when I tell them to go ahead with Shakespeare here? I think it's just a nice way of saying that localized versions were not the top priority for this yet, and I'm sure they'll get to it over time. I still remember how Google Video was blocked in Germany for many months due to "copyright" (which of course wasn't necessary).

gary price [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

If you're looking for places to read the full text of Shakespeare, that can be easily read online, check:

The Oxford Shakespeare
Searchable by keyword too!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
from MIT, online since 1993

A complete list of works from various sources via the AMAZING Online Books Page that I've been writing about for years.

Shakespeare Bookshelf from IPL

If you're looking for books about Shakespeare I would suggest taking a look at another service I've been writing about for a long time, ebrary. I'm not sure how this works outside of the U.S. Apologies.

ebrary usually sells its services to libraries.
HOWEVER, this url

Allows any user to search and read (Full text, full image over 20,000 books).
You pay only to print or copy a page. 25 cents/USD.
You do need to set-up a deposit account (free). Again, you are only charged if you print or copy. Otherwise, the full text (no limits is free). I found hundreds of books about Shakespeare and 63 books by William S. :-)

More about ebrary here.

Also, many libraries also offer free full text and full image access to NetLibrary. They are likely to have materials by "the bard."

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

Allow me to add a couple more.

Internet Shakespeare Editions, University of Victoria, Canada
Full text and in some cases full images of pages, Also included, “Shakespeare in Performance is a searchable database of performance materials from over 1000 film and stage productions related to Shakespeare’s works.” Much more) VERY IMPRESSIVE!

The Perseus Digital Library from Tufts University. Interesting navigation. Also searchable.

Btw, all of these items from this post and the one above it are linked here:

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

18 years ago #

[moved from Google launches new Shakespeare site]

for more info:

looks nice :)

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