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Microsoft is releasing Live Search Books, its competitor to Google Book Search, in beta today.
The book search engine performs keyword searches for books that have been scanned as part of Microsoft's book scanning project, in the same way that Windows Live Search searches the Internet, said Danielle Tiedt, the general manager of Live Search Selection for Microsoft.
Initially, the Live Search Books database will be searchable from the book search engine's beta homepage, or as a category on the main Windows Live Search page -- a method referred to as vertical search. Once the tool is out of beta, Microsoft plans to incorporate all of the scanned publications into its general Internet search engine. The company hopes to do this in the next six months, according to Tiedt.
Microsoft Launching Book Search (Beta) [news.cnet.co.uk]
Microsoft has restricted its book scanning project to noncopyright books, with publishers having the option to opt-in, if they want in-copyright publications to be scanned for the project.
Good for them. It's nice to seem them start the project without trampling with big clown boots over people's copyright.