Google Books settlement is good for IALs

Saturday, October 06, 2012

News on the Google Books settlement with publishers is possible good news for IALs, specifically older ones:

The deal allows publishers to choose whether to allow Google to digitize their out-of-print books that are still under copyright protection. If Google does so, it will also provide them with a digital copy for their own use, perhaps to sell on their Web sites.

For books that it has digitized, Google allows people to read 20 percent of them online and purchase the entire books from the Google Play store, and it shares revenue with the publishers.
In other words, soon that out of print book from 1930 or whenever on Ido/Esperanto/Novial/etc. that is still in copyright may be available relatively soon through this.


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