Microsoft has announced the launch of beta version of Live Search Books. The General Manager of Live Search Selection for Microsoft said that the book search engine will perform keyword search for books that have been scanned as part of Microsoft's book scanning project in a manner similar to Windows Live Search search.
From Live Search's Weblog: "The U.S. beta launch of Live Search Books is a big step forward in advancing the way people discover information through the integration of content that has been "off-limits" to the traditional Search experience, until now. This release makes tens of thousands of out-of-copyright books available from our library scanning initiative, including books from the University of California, the University of Toronto, and the British Library. In addition, we are announcing new partnerships with the New York Public Library and the American Museum of Veterinary Medicine. The Live Search team is working hard to offer the most relevant Search service to you, our customers. There is a lot of trusted and authoritative content that can only be found in books today. With this beta launch we've taken our first steps toward making that content discoverable and easy to read."
With the launch of Live Search Books, Microsoft is also updating to the beta of Live Search Academic. There will be loads of new articles with primarily bio-medical content. Live Search Academic now indexes thousands of academic journals in the computer science, engineering, physics, and bio-medical fields. It will also be indexing theses, dissertations, and books within these disciplines.