Google Books vs LibraryThing


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Google Books
Google Books is a service that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database. Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.
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LibraryThing
LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers. LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read, books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.
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20.09.16. Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next. Google Books aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. The new feature called “Discover” is a new section in the Google Books application that will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as other recommendations based on what’s currently popular with the wider community. It will offer up new stories based on what you read on Google Books. However, it will also automatically suggest books that are mentioned in an article or mentioned in a video you watch, elsewhere in the app – like in the new “Weekly Highlights” section.



20.10.15. Google Books project ruled legal by U.S. appeals court. A decade-long legal battle looks to be finally coming to an end. A U.S. appeals court said that Google's book scanning project, Google Books, doesn't violate copyright law, Reuters reports. The decision comes after the Authors Guild, along with some non-guild-affiliated writers sued Google in 2005, claiming the company's project would negatively impact their revenue. The Authors Guild sued Google in 2005 claiming lost revenue, with a lower court in New York ruling in favor of Google in 2013. Google, for its part said its work would help increase author revenue by exposing potential customers to works they might not have been familiar with. The 2013 decision was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday, finding that Google's publishing of excerpts qualified as Fair Use and were in the public interest.



05.11.14. LibraryThing for Libraries advises what to read next. Library users will find it easier than ever to discover what to read next as LibraryThing for Libraries expands its Book Recommendations feature to include a broader selection of “if you like this, then read that” elements. The new, free and automatic upgrade to current subscribers to LibraryThing for Libraries’ Catalog Enhancement Package will display book recommendations by the same author, similar authors, genres and more, all based on the library’s current holdings. The upgrade enhances LibraryThing for Libraries’ unique tag-based discovery and links to other book editions and translations, creating more ways for users to find books they will love. Input from readers, librarians and professionals — via ProQuest’s Syndetic Solutions and Books In Print – are combined to generate the recommendations in LibraryThing for Libraries, creating an unusually rich and balanced service.



2013. Google Books survives the copyright fight. The eight-year-long legal battle between Authors Guild and Google Books has finally come to the end. New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work. “Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay. Chin also rejected the theory that Google's online book database was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” The Authors Guild has now the option of appealing the ruling.