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Google Books: Why Is The Settlement Stalled Six Years After Publishers Reach Agreement?

CNET | Tom Krazit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At this point, Google and the Authors Guild must feel like they are in a James Joyce novel. The Google Books case drags on with no hint of when the s...

Google To Scan 400,000 Austrian Library Books

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

VIENNA -- Austria's national library said Tuesday it has struck a 30-million-euro deal with US Internet giant Google to digitise 400,000 copyright-fre...

It's About Search, Stupid

Devereux Chatillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Devereux Chatillon

If the Google Books search settlement is approved, Google's insuperable advantage may well prevent all the other possible players, public and private, from helping to create something truly public and accessible to all.

April Fools! Google Engineers Announce 3D eBooks

Inside Google Books | Jeff Breidenbach, Dan Bloomberg, Nathan Naze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This got a few of us on the Google Books team to thinking: why not offer our books in 3D? So we've done exactly that. Now, when you visit a book, you'...

French Publisher Gallimard Planning To Sue Google | Barbara Casassus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Gallimard and two other French publishers plan to sue Google for scanning books without prior permission. The move was announced at the Paris Book Fai...

Google Books Settlement 'Violates Treaties,' Says Opponent

Bloomberg News | Jeff Bliss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A $125 million settlement that would allow Google Inc. to create the world's biggest digital-book library breaks international laws and treaties, acco...

Google Books Reaches Deal With Italy: Will Other Countries, Including The US, Follow Suit?

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Google Books has extended its presence in Europe with a deal reached Wednesday to digitize "up to one million" ancient Italian texts from libraries in...

British Authors And Publishers Opt Out Of Google Books En Masse

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Some 6,500 writers, from Thomas Pynchon to Jeffrey Archer, have opted out of Google's controversial plan to digitise millions of books....

Google Staunchly Defends Digital Books Agreement

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Google Inc argued in a staunch and sometimes eloquent brief that an agreement reached with the Authors Guild to digitize millions of books was legal a...

Publishers To Call The Shots In Negotiations With Google?

The New York Times | MOTOKO RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As publishers enter discussions with the Web giant Google about its plan to sell digital versions of new books direct to consumers, they have a little...

Google: 'We Will Bring Books Back To Life'

The Guardian | David Drummond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Imagine if that information could be made available to everyone, ­everywhere, at the click of a mouse. Imagine if long-forgotten books could be enjoy...

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...

Steinbeck And Guthrie Families Now Support Google Books

The New York Times | Motoko Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The families of the author John Steinbeck and the musician Woody Guthrie, which previously opposed the proposed Google Book settlement that would crea...

eRead Free Classics Courtesy Of Google

The New York Times | Mick Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I recently read Emerson cover to cover, so to speak, on my iPhone's Kindle app -- a lesson both in Transcendentalism and the advantages of digitized l...

Google Books Settlement: Key Players Comment

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's been three years since the lawsuit was filed that launched the Google Books Settlement, a long series of back-and-forth negotiations about the co...

China Authors: "Google Violated Our Copyrights"

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A group representing authors in China has accused Google of violating copyrights with its digital library, a claim that Google de...

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 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...

Google Books: A High Bar for Approval

Peter Brantley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Brantley

Those of us who have been following this case closely are left scratching our heads by the actions taken by Google and its partners since the Department of Justice's intervention.

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...

New Google Book Settlement Aims Only to Placate Governments

Pamela Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pamela Samuelson

What stands out after an initial review of the Google Book Search agreement is that changes were made to placate the governments of France, Germany, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.

Google Books' 'Finger Condoms': Book Scanning Flubs Lead To 'Finger Spam'

Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Eagle-eyed bloggers have spotted rogue hands obscuring the pages of dozens of books made available over the internet by the search giant. The index...

The Book Isn't Dead Yet

The Globe and Mail | John Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

For readers, 2009 was a year of miracles that brought massive price cuts on popular titles, and unprecedented choices in how to consume them. It was n...

Free eBooks For Kindle: How To Find Them

CNET | John P. Falcone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

[F]ear not, Kindle owners: you too have access to many of the ... public domain titles, numbering in the thousands. The problem is finding them. While...