For those who were not aware, GoogleBooks has digital scans of thousands of out-of-copyright books on their site. Many of the out-of-copyright books can be downloaded in their entirety, but some cannot.
They are full text searchable and one can make unexpected discoveries in these items. Scanned items include:
- county histories
- family genealogies
- city, town, and occupational directories
- state statutes
- reports of court cases heard by appellate courts
- and more
The direct link is http://books.google.com
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