Very relevant to the discussion in Journals and papers: Google has started a library of scanned, out-of-print books found in university libraries.

Via Greg Restall and slashdot.

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Not just out of print books either

It's not just out of print books, either (unless Routledge hasn't told me something...)


But the discussion I linked to had as its main concerns the difficulty of learning the content of classic, out of print and hard to find texts. It's the full book service that's most important here.

Got it

I get your point here. I don't know how far they go. The coverage is very impressive, but by no means comprehensive yet.


Their policy seems to be that they are scanning texts that have reverted to the public domain and makingb the full texts available. So that's cover the Grundegesetze and Principia Mathematica, but not a whole lot of classic programming language texts...

When do journal articles revert to the public domain? Is it the same as for books? When can authors force their articles into the public domain?

Same for all Copyrighted Works

Copyright law is the same for books, movies, music, etc. The holder of the copyright can choose to put it into the public domain whenever they want.

Books available in full

So far there is very little about which books these are, but check out the page on public domain books.

Reply to this node with the link in case you are lucky enough to find any LtU relevant books-in-full at

Compiling with Continuations

Compiling with Continuations is there

Are you sure?

In full? URL, please!


Um, oops. Only the ToC, index and first 3 pages :-(

Page 3

Pages 2 and 3, in my edition, illustrate CPS using a product of primes programs. I'm imagining the guy standing in front of the scanner at Google, looking at that CPS code and having an epiphany as a conveyor belt full of ACM papers stacks up behind him. This could take a while...

The rest of the book is there, if you search into it.

The book is there at — try searching for "book compiling with continuations" and you get it. (Or at least, I do, at, but not It seems to be selectively rolling out on their servers.)

If you search in to it with a frequently-occuring term you can see lots more of it than the table of contents and three pages. You can look at any of these pages in the search and the surroundings. Or search for something else to get to a different page. The system very good for searching, not good for reading from beginning to end.