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Topic: Google (Digital Gutenberg)?

From: Jim Duron
Location: Prairieville, La
Date: 09/07/2009

Google is close ending a long battle over Digital rights including out of print books. Do you have any books out of print and are you/Publisher part of the class action?

"Today, millions of books are accessible only to the privileged few who are accepted to universities and can actually afford to attend," said association president Gregory Cendana.

"With Google books, any student anywhere in the US will have the books in the greatest libraries of the world at their fingertips."

Not sure this is a true statement but it does create thought.

"Just as Gutenberg's invention of the printing press more than 700 years ago ushered in a new era of knowledge sharing, the mass digitisation of books promises to revolutionise how we read and discover books," said Peter Brantley of the alliance.

"But a digital library controlled by a single company and small group of publishers would inevitably lead to higher prices and subpar services for consumers, libraries, scholars and students."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8237271.stm

Re: Google (Digital Gutenberg)?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/23/2009

Fortunately, all my books are in copyright and in "print" if you include POD and digital editions. Watching this program with real interest, of course. Glad they're working out the kinks, however slowly.

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