Daily Dose: Google and GPO Let You Get Your Gov Read On

C’mon – you know you’re nerdy enough to review the Federal budget on your Nook.

Well, now you can. Ed. O’Keefe in his Federal Eye blog reports that GPO and Google inked a deal to make government documents available in Google’s eBookstore:

Google, GPO strike an e-Book deal

Here are a few details from Ed:

Hundreds of federal publications are now available for download and purchase through the new Google eBookstore, the search engine giant and Government Printing Office are set to announce Tuesday. Ultimately about 1,800 government publications will be available for download and purchase, GPO said.

Google began converting millions of books and documents into electronic format in 2004 and is bearing the costs of converting the government documents, GPO said.

This year GPO also has relaunched its online archives and helped redesign the Federal Register’s Web site. The GPO book blog also highlights long-lost or new publications that may be of interest to bookworms.

Read the full story here

Concluding his blog post, Ed asks a couple great questions:

If [GPO] is doing less actual printing and providing access
to more of its publications online, is GPO still necessary?

Or does the Government Printing Office perhaps need a new name?
(Maybe the Government Publications Office?)

Eager to get your thoughts…


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