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Google Makes Novels Free To Print

Google makes novels free to print
Search engine Google plans to offer consumers the chance to download and print classic novels free of charge.

The firm's book search tool will let people print classics such as Dante's Inferno or Aesop's Fables, as well as other books no longer under copyright.

Until now, the service has only let people read such books on-screen.

Google's book search service stems from a wider project to put books online in a searchable format, which it is undertaking with major universities.

Working with Google on the Books Library project are Oxford University, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the University of California, as well as the New York Public Library.

"How many users will find, and then buy, books they never could have discovered any other way?
Eric Schmidt, Google

Volunteers working for a project known as Gutenberg have for some years copied out-of-copyright books as text files, which can then be used for printing, reading or piping into a programme for editing.

In contrast, Google is offering the books in a "print-ready" format, as have several other - albeit much smaller and less well-known - firms.

Online shopping site Amazon has offered limited online access to the contents of its huge bookstore.

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Google's book searching device does not access books still under copyright, for which only bibliographies are available along with limited extracts.

The news comes as the search engine is expanding its empire to offer a wider spectrum of services.

Earlier this week, Google announced plans to target the software market for companies.

The firm said it would offer companies the chance to run their email, calendar and other services on their own domains, to expand on the service it offers to individuals.

This service puts Google, whose focus has been searching and advertising, in direct competition with software giant Microsoft.

Every Object Tells a Story

Queen Victoria by William Nicholson, 1897

Every Object Tells A Story is collecting an online archive of stories about objects that people value. Whether a grandfather's watch or a quirky pint glass, everyone is invited to contribute stories and read the tales of others.

Staff at the V&A and its partners Tyne & Wear Museums, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton & Hove Museums have also submitted stories about objects they particularly enjoy in their collections.

Every Object Tells a Story is produced by the V&A, with Ultralab and Channel 4, and commissioned by Culture Online.

Every Object Tells a Story
Learning and Interpretation Division
Victoria and Albert Museum
London SW7 2RL

The Paper Sculpture Show at Contemporary Arts Center

The Paper Sculpture Show at Contemporary Arts Center

CINCINNATI.- The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, presents The Paper Sculpture Show, on view through November 05, 2006. The Paper Sculpture Show brings the artist and visitor together by providing a hands-on art making experience. This interactive exhibition is composed of works by 29 artists, drawn on flat sheets of paper and stacked in the gallery space. The visitor chooses a project, then takes the printed sheet(s) of paper and cuts out the components and assembles them into a three-dimensional sculpture. The Paper Sculpture Show resonates with early art historical movements such as the Fluxus mail art and the Surrealists "Exquisite Corpse" games of collaborative drawing. The Paper Sculpture Show invites visitors to reconsider the relationship between two-dimensional images and three dimensional sculptural objects, originality, mass production and the handmade as they become the artists in this interactive exhibition.

Works by: Janine Antoni, The Art Guys, David Brody, Luca Buvoli, Francis Cape & Liza Phillips, Seong Chun, Minerva Cuevas, E.V. Day, Nicole Eisenman, Spencer Finch, Charles Goldman, Rachel Harrison, Stephen Hendee, Patrick Killoran, Glenn Ligon, Cildo Meireles, Helen Mirra, Aric Obrosey, Ester Partegs, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Akiko Sakaizumi, David Shrigley, Eve Sussman, Sarah Sze, Fred Tomaselli, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Chris Ware, Olav Westphalen and Allan Wexler.

This exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International with curators Mary Ceruti, Matt Freedman and Sina Najafi. Installation sponsor: Lynne Meyers Gordon.

Photo: Installation view of works by Nicole Eisenman, Rachel Harrison, Ester Partegàs, and Fred Tomaselli, combined by gallery visitors at Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2005

Two Writing Competitions:
Short Fiction | Poetry

DEADLINE: Postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2006
Manhantanville College
Masters of Arts in Creative Writing Program

The 9th Annual Short Fiction Competition
$1500 Grand Prize & Publication in INKWELL
Competition Judge: Joan Silber


1. Up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit
2. Text must be typed, 12pt. font, double-spaced, one-sided
3. Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and word counts
Submission Checklist - download here and print out.
5. No name or address anywhere on manuscripts
6. SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
7. Entry fee: $15 per story Checks (USD ONLY) made out to Manhattanville

INKWELL Announces the 10th Annual Poetry Competition

$1000 Grand Prize & Publication INKWELL

Competition Judge: Alice Quinn


1. Up to 5 unpublished poems, 40 line limit per poem
2. Only typed entries will be considered; 12pt. font
3. Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and line counts
Submission Checklist - download here and print out.
5. No name or address anywhere on manuscript(s)
6. SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
7. $10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem
8. Checks payable to Manhattanville - INKWELL

NOTE: Indicate Poetry or Fiction Competition on envelope. If submitting to both Poetry and Fiction Competitions, please use separate envelopes. Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Mail to:
Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577

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