Breaking News: Today, Google allows you to download non-copyrighted books for FREE!

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As of 8/30/2006 [tag]Google[/tag] is now allowing you to download non-[tag]copyrighted[/tag] [tag]books[/tag] for free!

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Google started a huge controversy when they first announced, to the world, they would be scanning books and making them available to the public. When [tag]Adam Smith[/tag] (the Google project manager for this venture) was questioned about whether or not publishers would want to do this he stated, “We think most [tag]publishers[/tag] and authors will choose to participate in the publisher program in order (to) introduce their work to countless readers around the world.”

Well, whether or not the publishing world is ready, Google has opened the floodgates by launching this first step. Although Google is not posting materials that are copyrighted or even currently being allowed to be printed by publishers, they have released the non-copyrighted or “out of copyright” materials to the public.

Using Google Book Search, you can find many extraordinary old books, such as:

* Ferriar’s The Bibliomania
* A futurist from 1881’s 1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century
* Aesop’s Fables
* Shakespeare’s Hamlet
* Abbott’s Flatland
* Hugo’s Marion De Lorme
* Dunant’s Eine Erinnerung an Solferino
* Bolívar’s Proclamas
* Dante’s Inferno

Many of these books can be found in their original language as well as translations. These books are actual “scans” and you will see the original pages and fonts (print type set) as you view them.

You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the downloadable [tag]pdf[/tag] files.

Get [tag]Adobe[/tag] Reader:

get adobe reader[1]

College students everywhere will be returning purchased reprints of public domain books, bought for their classes, as they can read and print many of them from online. Too bad Google didn’t release them a couple of weeks ago it could have saved them the hassle! Happy readings!

                                        ~J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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