Microsoft announced that currently copyrighted books have today been added to the beta version of Live Search Books online book search service, based on agreements with a large number of publishers.
Today we’re delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books!
Today’s release includes books from a wide range of publishers. We have paid particular attention to ensuring that we are only including books in our index that our publishing partners have given us permission to include, so our customers and partners can feel secure in our stance on copyright protection. Here are just a few of our launch partners: Academic Resources Corporation, Amherst Media, Bearport Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar Publishing, Harrison House Publishers, Harvard University Press, Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, Institute for International Economics, John Wiley & Sons Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, MBI Publishing Company, McGraw-Hill Companies, Microsoft Corporation, MIT Press, OECD, Osprey Publishing, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, PREP Publishing, Rodale, Rutgers University Press, Simon & Schuster, Springer, SUNY Press, Taylor & Francis Group, The Perseus Books Group, The World Bank, University of Massachusetts Press, Wheatmark, Wilderness Press, World Health Organization, World Scientific Publishing Company, World Wisdom, Yale University Press. There are many more not named here—and many more whose books will be incorporated as we update the index going forward.
Pardon the last part, but the point here is that Microsoft will only be indexing books from publishers who explicitly permit it, while Google will do that plus provide “fair use” excerpts from publishers with which they have no agreement. That stance has proven to be quite contentious with the publishers and Microsoft loves to hammer that nail publicly. I also have to note that Live Book Search is yet another Windows Live offering that has dropped the Windows part of the product name.
Marketing and legal wrangling aside, click through to the first link above for screenshots of the snappy new Live Search Books user interface or better yet, try it for yourself.