Google Books and the French online publication ActuaLitté have launched a digital library of out-of-copyright books that have been scanned by the US firm.
All the titles in the Google Books catalogue will be available through actualitte.com/bibliotheque for free downloading in PDF or ePub format.
The library is fully integrated into the website, and is accessible from the homepage with a custom interface developed specially to enhance visibility.
The partnership gives the Google Books catalogue full integration into a pure player media for the first time, ActuaLitté said in a statement. The arrangement is not exclusive for either side, and is based on the use of a Google Books public API.
Free access to texts is only a first step, the statement added. Drawing on the resources of the library, it will present a selection of books each week that reflect current events.