The Associated Press says that google print beta started offering the entire contents of books and government documents that aren’t entangled in a copyright today.
- Google Offers Index of Public Domain Works, November 03, 2005.
I did a quick search for “government printing office” and got a result of 246 books “with 294000 pages.” Of course, not all of those are government documents — Google presumably returns any book with the phrase anywhere in the full text, including bibliographies.
Google provides a page that illustrates how to interpret your search results and shows the difference between how Google treats “Library books still in copyright” and “Public domain books” and “Books submitted by a publisher.”
Interestingly, I found one books that appears to me to be a government publication: S. 1383, Children’s Protection from Violent Programming Act of 1993, (Author(s): Science, and Transportation United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, Publisher: For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office, Publication Date: 1994, Pages: 133, ISBN: 0160463270) that Google seems to treat as a “book still in copyright.”
I also found a copy of the 1905 GPO edition of Constitution, Jefferson’s Manual, the Rules of the House of Representatives of the … Congress, and a Digest and Manual of the Rules of Practice of the House of Representatives of the United States. It appears you can browse this book one page at a time — no download, no ability to copy text.
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