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July 13, 2010

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Sarah TX

Wow, I've noticed the same thing going on (books that should be out of copyright coming up as "limited preview" and what have you), but I haven't given it much thought. As I would have said, in college, party foul!

I wonder if there's someone over at Google Books who would be interested in commenting on the fact that POD search results are getting overwhelming preference?

Aileen Fyfe

I particularly love the way various searches pull up limited previews of Penguin classics which imply the text is copyright - and it can take some time to find a full-text version instead.

But the other point your post raises is about the difficulty of finding runs of journals on Google Books. I, too, make much use of the 'other edition' option to try to find the other volumes in a run (and I'm not helped by inconsistencies in where Google's taggers have put the apostrophe in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal). But it's taken me ages to locate the volumes of a nearly-complete run from the 1830s through 1850s.

Ray Girvan

I haven't run into that particular problem, but while pursuing Maxwell Gray books and references from the UK, I've had the more pressing one of having to sneak though proxy servers of varying degrees of idiosyncrasy to see Google's post-1865 scanned texts.

John Mark Ockerbloom

Hathi Trust gets the Google scans obtained from member libraries, and they *do* collate journals and multi-volume works. That's often a good place to check. While the volumes are often presented in "alphabetical" order (e.g. 1, 10, 11, 12 ... 19, 2, 20, 21...) that's a relatively minor annoyance.

I also am happy to collate serials that people suggest on the Online Books Page, combining where necessary volumes from Hathi, Google, Internet Archive, Gutenberg, or wherever else they can found online.

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