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Microsoft improves MSN Live Book Search, adds copyrighted works

MSN Live Book SearchMicrosoft expands its MSN Live Book Search by adding copyrighted works to its database, and enhancing the service’s interface for easier search and browsing.

Microsoft acquired permission from various publishers such as Cambridge University Press, McGraw-Hill Cos Inc. and Simon and Schuster, among others, to use their copyrighted titles to expand their search engine’s database, a move that sets competition with Google’s own book search.

Danielle Tiedt, general manager of the Live Search selection team, said they aim to address copyright issues that Google is currently battling with. The search giant, apparently, is facing two copyright-infrigement lawsuits for indexing books without permission from copyright owners in their search engine.

In the new and improved MSN live book search, Microsoft shows a certain percentage of the copyrighted book, and provides links to external sites where users can purchase it. Interestingly, live search also shows users how frequently their search keywords appear in each book to give them an idea how relevant the material is to their inquiry.

MSN Live Book Search was launched December, initially showing books that are on public domain.

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