Why some books aren't available in full view

There are a few reasons why some books in Google Books aren’t available to read in full.

Partner agreements: Many books come from authors and publishers who participate in our Partner Programme. These partners decide whether to make their books fully or partly viewable.

Copyrighted: If a book is copyrighted, there are restrictions on how much you can see. But if a book is out of copyright and in the public domain in your country, it can be made fully viewable.

  • Note: We review books on an ongoing basis to determine if they’re in the public domain. If you think a book is in the public domain in your country but is not viewable in full, ask us to review it.

  • Tip: If you want to view a classic novel, try searching for the original edition. If a classic novel has been re-published with some new content, that usually means it’s copyrighted and not fully viewable.

Not yet scanned: Some public domain books have not yet been scanned, so we don’t have anything to show you at the moment. We’re working to make them viewable for you.

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