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Amazon And Others Slam Revised Google Books Deal

The Wall Street Journal | Jessica E. Vascellaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books, one of the most outspoken critics of the original settlement, Wednesday filed an objection to the revised one, raising many of the same ob...

Ursula Le Guin Leads Author Revolt Against Google Books, Launches Petition

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As the deadline of 28 January for writers to opt out of the Google book settlement approaches, Le Guin has launched a petition, signed by almost 300 a...

France Planning Google Books Rival

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

PARIS — France's culture minister on Tuesday unveiled a plan for adapting the country's literary patrimony to the digital age by developing what...

Google And The New Digital Future

The New York Review of Books | Robert Darnton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Robert Darnton The New York Review of Books November 9 is one of those strange dates haunted by history. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, s...

Napster Effect On Books: The Way Of The Future?

The New York Times | RANDALL STROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

You can buy "The Lost Symbol," by Dan Brown, as an e-book for $9.99 at Or you can don a pirate's cap and snatch a free copy from another ...

Google Books Settlement: Paris Courts Find Google Guilty Of Copyright Infringement

The New York Times | MATTHEW SALTMARSH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A French court ruled Friday that Google was guilty of infringing copyrights by digitizing books and putting extracts online without authorization, dea...

Harvard Digitizes Rare Chinese Texts

Harvard College Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

October 9, 2009 --One of the most extensive collections of rare Chinese books outside of China will be digitized and made freely available to scholars...

CES 2010: Why Were There No Publishers at CES?

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Why were there no book publishers at CES? Not a single purveyor of content, other than a handful of authors. But no publishers. Nobody talking about what their company was doing in the realm of e-publishing.

Borders, Barnes & Noble Experience Major Losses

Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Things aren't looking good for big booksellers Borders and Barnes & Noble. The AP reports that both chains have posted major losses for this quarter, ...

Why the Digital Revolution is Missing the Big Picture

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

By marketing the Kindle to me -- i.e. 'adults' who already read regularly -- publishing is merely doubling down on the biggest problem facing the industry: not enough people read books.

Sherman Alexie On Colbert: "The Localized Appreciation Of Books Is Gone"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sherman Alexie was on "The Colbert Report" last night to promote his new book, "War Dances". The interview focused mostly on Alexie's views on eBooks,...

Google Co-Founder On Why Google Books Is Important

The New York Times | SERGEY BRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Because books are such an important part of the world's collective knowledge and cultural heritage, Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, first propos...

Google To Stop Scanning China Authors' Books

BusinessWeek | Mark Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The U.S. Internet operator will "respect the wishes of any Chinese author who hasn't authorized their books to be scanned," it said in a Jan. 9 letter...

Google Makes Concessions On Digital Book Deal

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Internet search leader Google will ease its control over millions of copyright-protected books earmarked for its digital library...

It's the End of the Book as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Adam Penenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adam Penenberg

While we've witnessed the digital tsunami plowing under the music industry and news business -- and lapping at the shores of TV, movies and radio -- books, until recently, have been largely sheltered.

Google To Print Books From Digital Library

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. is giving 2 million books in its digital library a chance to be reincarnated as paperbacks. As part of a de...

Amazon Kindle 2 -- I Think I'll Wait

Stephanie Vaughn Hapke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stephanie Vaughn Hapke

I love the thought of owning a Kindle. However, when I look at the overall return on my investment, I'm not so sure that it is really worth it at the current price point.