For the past several days, I’ve been in Google Books, liberating books from Google’s grasp.
And make no mistake: they are in Google’s grasp.
Here is proof:
My M.O. has been Search, open book in new tab, Add to Library, then download PDF, then download ePub. With CAPCHAs between each download step.
And still Google thinks my PC is a bot?
Keep this incident in mind when Google brays about universal and unlimited access to the world’s books.
This is not unlimited.
Every book must be removed from Google’s grasp.
Update: This lock-out extends to accessing Google Books entirely. I get that screen when I simply go to http://books.google.com. In other words, I can’t even see the front page of it! The Google ID I was using was the one for my old Blogger version of this blog. How’s that for additional irony? I’ve filled out Google’s “I’m not a damned bot” form. Let’s see how long this lock-out lasts.
Second update: Three hours later, I can get back into Google Books. No email reply from Google, however, and no explanation. I was able to get back in with Firefox earlier. Total access, including downloading. So how are they tracking so-called alleged bots — via browser being used? It’s certainly not IP address.