I was delighted to see an article at Mark Goodacre’s blog, The bizarre case of Google Books unavailable outside the US. I’ve been banging on about this for some years.
There’s a great mass of material on Google Books. Full copies of all works up to 1923 are online. But … if you live outside the US, you can’t see any after 1880. In fact if you use the search facility, you won’t even get to see the search results unless you’re in the US. This bonkers situation was caused by pressure from non-US publishers, afraid that hypothetically they might miss out on some royalty or other.
Well, this was news to me. I am really surprised that books like this, over one hundred years old, are not showing up in some countries. I realize, of course, that copyright laws differ from country to country. Nevertheless, I am curious to know how widespread this kind of difference between Google Books at home and abroad is. Anyone else experienced this?
Damn right we have.