My bibliographer for cinema just sent this out. I thought the list  
might like to read it, too. Unfortunately, they're being pretty  
conservative in defining public domain. I haven't played with this  
much, but I did notice that the oft-taught Photoplay by Munsterberg  
is available. I'll bet there's plenty more.

Markus Nornes
University of Michigan


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	Subject: 	MBooks and Google Book Search
	Date: 	August 31, 2006 6:55:26 PM GMT-04:00
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Dear SAC Faculty and Graduate Students,

I wanted to share some exciting news with you concerning the first  
phase of the digitization of the UM University Library's print  
collection by Google.

As of August 31, the University Library version of materials scanned  
so far through our partnership with Google, which we're calling  
"MBooks", has been released to the public.  Both the MBooks and  
Google versions are directly accessible from the records found in our  
Mirlyn catalog for particular books and journals.

As you may know, works clearly in the public domain are fully  
accessible, while works still under copyright, or with rights  
remaining to be determined, are viewable either as snippets (in  
Google, based on the first 3 occurrences of search terms in the  
book), or as a complete index to all occurrences of search terms (in  
MBooks).  The initial definition of "public domain" has been  
conservative, and includes materials published before 1923 (US) or  
before 1909 (other countries).  Over time, we can expect restrictions  
on access to many more materials to be lifted.

The two different interfaces do differ in a variety of other ways.  
Printing out-of-copyright works from MBooks, for example, must  
currently be done one page at a time (works best when you switch to  
the pdf view), while Google is making entire out-of-copyright works  
available for printing or download.  The MBooks version is  
particularly helpful when looking for a known item, or when trying to  
locate a particular journal volume.

I am not sure how many volumes are available in this initial MBooks  
release, but it is very large (more than 50,000 volumes), and growing  
rapidly.  However, because the UM Library did not begin to make  
screen studies a focus of our collection until the mid-20th century,  
you may not find many fully viewable, out-of-copyright works directly  
related to screen studies in MBooks.  But you may find tangentially  
related works, such as the 1902 and 1903 volumes of the journal "The  
id=39015023576955;page=root;seq=5;view=image;size=100 http:// 

Fortunately, ours is not the only library participating in Google's  
Library Project--so in Google Book Search, in addition to all the  
books scanned by Google here at UM, you can find additional fully  
viewable, out-of-copyright works which *are* directly related to  
screen studies that Google has scanned at Harvard, Stanford, etc.   
For example:

"The Theatre of Science: A Volume of Progress and Achievement in the
Motion Picture Industry" by Robert Grau (1914)

"How Motion Pictures are Made" by Homer Croy (1918)

Both MBooks and Google Book Search provide links on each page to send  
in comments.  I encourage you to help us improve our electronic  
holdings by making use of the comment links.  You can of course share  
any thoughts or suggestions with me, as well.

--Scott Dennis
   (Selector for Film and Video Studies/Screen Arts and Cultures,
   Hatcher Graduate Library)

Scott Dennis
Humanities Librarian and Coordinator, Core Electronic Resources
209 Hatcher Graduate Library
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1205

Email:  [log in to unmask]
Phone:  (734) 647-6484
Fax:    (734) 764-0259

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