Google and Hachette Livre have struck a groundbreaking deal allowing the world's second largest retail book publisher to control the scanning and electronic sale of its out-of-print French language titles.
The agreement, covering about 50,000 mostly forgotten works of French literature and non-fiction still under copyright, is unlikely to bring in big revenues for the French group, which is owned by Lagardère. But it is a symbolic victory for publishers around the world trying to protect their businesses against the encroachment on their territory of the internet.
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