Google books and bookbinding
I recently discovered that there are several bookbinding books available for full view via Google Books. Not only can you read the books online, but you can download them in PDF format too!
Here are the bookbinding books I found:
- Library Bookbinding by Arthur Low Bailey
- Bookbinding for Bibliophiles by Fletcher Williams Battershall
- A Note on Bookbinding by Douglas Cockerell
- Bookbinding, and the Care of Books by Douglas Cockerell
- A syllabus of a course on elementary bookmaking and bookbinding by Sarah Jane Freeman
- Modern Bookbinding Practically Considered by William Matthews
- The Art of Bookbinding by Joseph William Zaehnsdorf
These books are out of copyright and in the public domain. When you download these books, they are to be used for personal, non-commercial purposes – that’s part of Google’s deal. Google works with over 40 libraries as part of its Library Project and has scanned these books in their entirety.
The Library Project’s aim is simple: make it easier for people to find relevant books – specifically, books they wouldn’t find any other way such as those that are out of print – while carefully respecting authors’ and publishers’ copyrights.
So how do you download the books? In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, look for the cog icon and click on the arrow to the right of it. You’ll get a drop-down menu that will offer you the option to download the book in PDF format.