Being able to peek inside textbooks on the Web is not a new thing. Amazon.com, for example, has been using a Look Inside feature for a number of years. This is a clever Web version of being able browsing books at a brick-and-mortar retail bookstore. "Browse before buying," it makes good business sense. Google, however, has carried the idea to a much higher level. The objective of Google Books is to provide online copies of every book that has ever been printed. And in a landmark legal case, Google won a compromise that allows the search giant to provide access to books that are still under copyright—or at least portions of them. And the portions the publishers allow far exceeds the content provided in the usual Look Inside features. This is where Free-Ed.Net comes in.

Many of the study programs at Free-Ed.Net make liberal use of the Google Preview Books. This figure shows a portion of a biology study programs. You can select which textbook you want to browse, and the pages appear in a browsable form directly below the selection bar.  This feature provides access to some of the finest and most authoritative sources of trade, career, and academic literature that is available today.


Portion of a study guide that uses Google Preview Books

 

Yes. We know that there are pages missing from most Preview Books. And we realize how frustrating it can be to be following a lesson and learning lots of stuff only to stumble across a couple of missing pages. Even trickier is the fact that the more you browse the book, the larger the number of pages that are removed. (Hint: Don't browse idly).

Look at it this way:  It is better to have access to 80% of a terrific $200 textbook than labor through 100% of someone's rejected manuscript or a textbook that is 70 years out of date.

 

 

Lifelong learning for the 21st century:

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015