Patent on searching books online

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An interesting patent was granted last week on searching books. I would have thought to see something like this from Amazon, or maybe even Google. But it isn’t.

Method and system for full-text search of purchasable books that make the full text inaccessible to users

The patent does refer to a New York Times article from July 23, 2003, about’s Look inside the Book process: Amazon Plan Would Allow Searching Texts of Many Books.

Any implications for Google Book Search or Amazon’s Search Inside the Book? I’m not sure. I’m guessing not. But keep your eyes open just in case.

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