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Google Fight Continues

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So I’ve been thinking and hearing a lot about Google lately. And admittedly they are my favorite search engine.

But am I the only one concerned about how they are treating authors and publishers? Apparently not according to this piece: Opposition To Google Library Project Intensifies.

Now Google is not completely politically tone-deaf, as it did put the book project on hold temporarily.

But publishers are not satisfied, as demonstrated in this piece:

Sally Morris, chief executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), has warned Google that its “temporary concession” not to scan copyright protected texts held in libraries was “still not enough” and has called on the giant search engine to hold an “urgent meeting” with representatives of all major publishing organisations, in order to work out a ” realistic&#8212and legal&#8212way forward”, reports the Bookseller.

She said that the ALPSP, which represents not-for-profit publishers, had advised its members that they should consider excluding all their publications, after Google said that publishers could opt-out individual titles. “We are also recommending (as suggested by Google themselves) that publishers can protect both in- and out-of-copyright print and electronic works by placing them in the Google Print for Publishers program instead.”

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About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.
  • kob

    Good post;
    Google is being bold, for sure, but it has to be. I think the future is clear: everything will move — and needs to move — to digital format. Imagine the advancements in learning?

    Google, at least, is forcing the discussion and it’s one that can’t be put off. The real risk today, is not figuring out how to accomplish this.
    (Scott — check out my bc post on local blog networks. If you get into dc, you should come to our next webloggers meeting!)

  • Hi Kob. I’ll check it out.
    Are you going to the National Book Festival next weekend? If so maybe we can hook up. Email me, ok?

    I have another post on Google I’m planning to compile in a day or two.

  • There’s a good update on this situation today in the Washington Post

  • I thought this Washington
    Post column
    about an author’s ethical dilemma with China – comparing it to Google’s well publicized
    situation – is interesting.