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    Re: Google Books
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2007 May 28, 23:50 -0400

    I want to thank both Dan and Frank for inviting attention to the Google
    Books site. It is most certainly a valuable resource.
    However, not having high speed access certainly seems to severely hamper
    use; just loading an individual book has taken me literally hours, and any
    effort at downloading has been completely frustrated. Friends who do have
    high speed access have tried to download for me have also been entirely
    unsuccessful, and such information as I have been otherwise able to get
    regarding the site seem to indicate it to be a work in progress and often
    grossly unreliable.
    Given that you gentlemen apparently speak of your experience with the site
    as a "done deal", I really suspect that I, as well as my friends, are doing
    something radically wrong. Any elaboration with respect to your experiences,
    as well as downloading procedures would be appreciated. In a nutshell: I
    can't get the books to load expeditiously, cannot print excerpts, and cannot
    download an entire book - I find it difficult to believe this is entirely
    due to lack of high speed access; however, if it is so be it.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Dan Allen" 
    Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 3:23 PM
    Subject: [NavList 2517] Google Books
    > On 1 Apr 2007, at 3:07 AM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > > Remember when finding old books was an adventure in dusty old
    > > bookstores? And then three years ago, it was an adventure in watching
    > > online auction sites? Well, the adventure is over. :-)
    > I want to agree with Frank: Google Books has an amazing selection of
    > downloadable PDFs of old books.  I grabbed 49 books two nights ago
    > (968 MB worth!) with some on navigation, some math, some astronomy,
    > some the history of New York City, California, Germany, as well as a
    > biography of John Davis the Navigator.  If you do not have a fast net
    > connection it will be frustrating, but there is one advantage to
    > reading them online instead of downloading the PDFs: they can be
    > searched online but the large PDFs only have the bitmaps of the pages
    > and cannot be searched.
    >      http://books.google.com
    > will get you started.
    > Dan
    > >
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