Print book preview

It seems that the online book giant as well as the internet search giant have disabled the print function from their preview pages – maybe somebody can explain to me what is the difference between free viewing and prohibited printing?

Looking at the page code, it seems that there is no encryption at all but some low grade user camouflage as shown in the Web Developer Extension. Is this “encryption” just an alibi function?

If you are interested in a more in depth analysis of the new library of Alexandria that Google is planning, German Tagesspiegel “Google hupf!” discusses three interesting points:

  • human knowledge is monopolized – is democratized
  • author sucks – is the winner
  • culture needs recollection – needs to forget