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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Authors Guild Sues Google

The Authors Guild has sued Google over Google’s Library Project. Apparently, The Authors Guild, which represents more than 8,000 authors and is the largest society of published writers in the U.S, believes that Google’s project is an infringement of copyright laws. The Google Print Library Project intends to scan the book collections of major universities and other institutions, make those texts searchable on Google, and sell ads that would appear on the search results pages. By doing this, Google will be given free access to thousands of books to the public. This has infuriated The Authors Guild who fears people will go to Google to download books for free instead of buying them in bookstores. Now, I think The Authors Guild is missing the big picture here. I don’t know anyone who is up to the task of reading a 200 or 300 pages book on the internet. I also think it is very unlikely people will go to Google to print entire books. What I think will happen is that people will visit Google’s Library Project to search for books they are interested in, read the first pages of the book, and then go to a bookstore and buy the book. The Authors Guild is so afraid of losing business to Google that it fails to see the big picture; Google’s Library Project may become The Authors Guild’s best marketing tool.


  • i agree! i had recently heard that it wasn't going to be that easy for google to just start scanning books from major libraries without some sort of an uproar about it. thanks for the update!

    By Blogger Caroline, at 6:46 PM  

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