Google, who ceased the digitising the libraries of its 'Google Print' partners in August, has now ended its self-imposed moratorium. The cessation was called following complaints by publishers and copyright holders, but has now been lifted. Now that copyright holders have had a chance to opt out of the programme, the company is keen to get things going again.

The search engine says it will concentrate its efforts on scanning books that are unique to libraries including many public domain books, orphaned works and out-of-print titles.

The company is also backing off from offering full text of the books. It says that Google Print will offer some background information, view short snippets and offer links to places where they can buy the book or find it in a local library.