Just a few Google news items this morning. Information Today has an article on Google Book Search Preview. You can actually view preview contents of copyrighted material, similar to doing this on Amazon's "Look inside the book."
Check the article out at: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=50924
Also, Search Engine Land has an item about the revised Google Blog Search: results are new clustered around story items similar to Google News.