Famous publishers like Cambridge University Press, McGraw-Hill and Simon & Schuster gave permission to Microsoft to use their copyright titles in its new Live Search Books project. Up to now Microsoft had offered customers out-of-copyright books only
Microsoft and Google are rivals with their books scanning projects, with Microsoft often accusing Google of being a "leader" in copyright infringement because Google wants to publish books online without asking for permission first from authors and lawful copyright holders.
"Microsoft said Live Search Books would now include a counter telling how many pages are left within the number of pages they are allowed to view, and tools to allow people to more easily search within books using specific keywords."
Live Search Books preview will include book images, table of contents and the option to buy the book on the Internet.
It is true that Microsoft’s approach towards digitization is more publisher and copyright friendly compare to Google Book Search which is why more publishers will go for it.