03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google Books To Stop Scanning Chinese Authors' 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 to the China Writers Association and posted on the group's Web site. It also included an apology for "inadequate communication" with Chinese authors. Google spokeswoman Jennie Johnson confirmed the contents of the letter sent by Erik Hartmann, chief of Google Books in Asia.

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