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Date published: 2006/08/30

The BBC says:

Search engine Google plans to offer consumers the chance to download and print classic novels free of charge.

The firm's book search tool will let people print classics such as Dante's Inferno or Aesop's Fables, as well as other books no longer under copyright.

Until now, the service has only let people read such books on-screen.

Google's book search service stems from a wider project to put books online in a searchable format, which it is undertaking with major universities.

An inevitable step forward for Google. On the other hand, you cannot print out these books "free of charge", you have to pay for the paper and ink, and (surprise, surprise) if you want a paper version it is probably still cheaper to buy a copy second-hand or even new (assuming one is available, and with the advent of Amazon it usually is).

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