Good post at the American Historical Association blog called Google Books: What's Not to Like? In it, a historian points out three big things not to like: Poor Scan Quality, Faulty Metadata, and Truncated Public Domain. Well-supported with examples, it gets even more interesting in the comments where people point out that crappy though it may be, it's better than nothing, it's meant to help people discover print books, not to present them with high-quality copies, etc. Worth a read and consideration. I personally haven't used GBS in several months and am feeling wishy-washy after reading the post and comments.
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