This is probably not the best forum for this question, but anyway. (Please move it if needs be, moderators) I was recently trying to a book on Google Books (it was actually "The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani). However, all Google books has of it is snippets. According to their FAQ's , if they only have a portion of a book on the site it is because if it is under copyright. However, this book was originally published in 1897, so surely it is out of copyright by now? Does anyone know why Google Books would restrict a 110 year old book in this way? Or have they only digitised a small bit of it?