Digital librarian Charles W. Bailey Jr. has posted a Google Book Search bibliography on the Digital Scholarship website. The bibliography focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.
Meanwhile, Inside Higher Ed. reports that Microsoft is ending two projects - Live Search Books and Live Search Academic - designed to digitize books and journals. A post on the official MS Live Search blog explains that they digitized 750,000 books and indexed 80 million journal articles but concluded from this experience that best way for a search engine to make book content available will be by crawling content repositories created by book publishers and libraries.