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Google & the Future of Books

Author: Robert Darnton
Organisation: The New York Review of Books Volume 56, Number 2 • February 12, 2009
Publish Date: 2009
Country: Global
Theme: Futures
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Google, Books, Publishers, Authors, Futures

How can we navigate through the information landscape that is only beginning to come into view? The question is more urgent than ever following the recent settlement between Google and the authors and publishers who were suing it for alleged breach of copyright. For the last four years, Google has been digitizing millions of books, including many covered by copyright, from the collections of major research libraries, and making the texts searchable online. The authors and publishers objected that digitizing constituted a violation of their copyrights. After lengthy negotiations, the plaintiffs and Google agreed on a settlement, which will have a profound effect on the way books reach readers for the foreseeable future. What will that future be?
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