Has everyone–save me–known that Google Books is already up and running?
I thought that they were still busy scanning and fending off lawsuits, and that it wouldn’t by up for a while.
To test it, I went searching for a sci-fi short story I recently read. I think it’s by Arthur C. Clarke (maybe Asimov?) and was used as an engineering text at MIT. It’s about the costs of a quest for perfection (in engineering) when satisfactory will do well enough. Didn’t turn up.
But, when I searched for Machiavelli, on one of the nasty tricks ever, it found it trick enough.
Google’s not saying how many books have been scanned so for, but they’re aiming for EVERYTHING within ten years. I love it!
Oh yeah, here’s a New Yorker article on it.