Google book search now includes audiobook results

Google has added an audiobook option to its book search feature.
Now, if you search for a specific book title, the Google book search feature includes an “Audiobook” button under the “Get Book” tab that will display different audiobook platforms offering the title.
The book search update was announced via the following tweet:

Have audiobook, will travel. Book the perfect holiday road trip read with new audiobook options, now in Search.
— Google (@Google) November 29, 2017

To actually listen to the audiobook, users must select their preferred audiobook app.
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Google Search lets readers find e-books at their local libraries

Google just made it easier for readers to find an e-book at their local library.
Per the following tweet from Google, mobile search results for a book now include a “Borrow e-book” option under the “Get Book” section.

Calling all U.S. bookworms! Now you can take a look at what e-books are available to borrow at your local library, right in Search.
— Google (@Google) September 18, 2017

Tapping on the library from where you want to check out the e-book will return the sign-in page for the library, along with the option to download the book or read a sample:

The library location can be edited within the search app by tapping on the “edit location” link next to the “Libraries Near You” option. This new feature appears to only be available on mobile.
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Authors Guild Appeals Lower Court Decision Backing Google’s Book Digitizing Project

Google’s ambitious effort to digitize millions of paper books — and make them searchable — may be entering a new legal phase.
According to a story in this weekend’s Jurist, The Authors Guild and three of its author-members filed a petition on New Year’s Eve asking the US Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision that backed Google.
The petition says:
Google made full digital copies of millions of books it obtained from libraries’ shelves without the authors’ consent. As payment, Google gave the libraries digital copies of the books. Google makes the books’ full text searchable on its revenue-generating search engine, and displays verbatim excerpts in response to users’ searches.
The plaintiffs have contended that millions of the 20 million books already scanned are still protected by copyright and that Google digitized them “without permission of rights holders.”
Users can employ Google’s search engine to look for specific words or terms in the books, and they’ll see snippets of text

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Ending Decade Of Litigation Court OKs Google Book Scanning As “Fair Use”

A three-judge panel for the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has definitively ruled that Google’s full-text book scanning is “fair use” and thus protected from claims of copyright infringement. So unless The Authors Guild, which originally sued Google in 2005, wants to appeal to the US Supreme Court,  Google has won.
Fair use is a defense against copyright infringement (17 U.S.C. § 107) that allows otherwise copyright-protected material to be used without permission for purposes of teaching, research, news, commentary and criticism. However, fair use must not “excessively damage the market for the original by providing the public with a substitute for that original work.”
The appellate court found that Google’s book-scanning project met this criterion. The fact that Google might have a commercial interest or motivation was not seen as defeating the fair use argument.
Google can now realize its vision of a comprehensive digital library more than a decade after it launched — if it still has

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