July 20th, 2009 | Published in Google Books
At Google we've always believed in helping users discover more books, and that anyone, anywhere, anytime should have the tools to explore the great works of history and culture. Back in March 2009, we worked with Sony to bring people access to over 500,000 public domain books on the Sony Reader for free. Today, Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the US, announced that they are making over a half million public domain titles available for free via Google Books.
Readers on BarnesandNoble.com and their various reading applications will now be able to search, browse, and access this collection of fiction, scholarly, practical, and entertaining books, preserved by some of the world's greatest libraries. Look for these titles throughout BarnesandNoble.com, as indicated by the icon show below:
This partnership and announcement is yet one more step towards fulfilling our mission to enable people to discover and read public domain books anywhere.