Google Books crackdown?
Is it just me, or has Google Books been taking down a lot of its pre-1923 works over the past year or so? Works that I’ve easily accessed before in ‘Full view’ (and fortunately downloaded) are now ‘No preview’, and many (particularly 18C English works) now only seem to link to those parasitical companies that republish and sell Google Book scans on Amazon (or maybe they even have a contract with Google).
Admittedly, Google Books’ metadata is still crap and its search results can be eclectic, but it seems there are far fewer useful hits than in the past. Anyone else notice this? Maybe I’m just losing my google-fu…
If this is a real trend, is this monetization in action? The impact of Google’s agreements with publishers? Have people been talking about this already?
In either case, I once again offer this public service announcement: always save online resources to your own drive – you never know when they’ll be disappeared.