FT.com / World / UK – Publishers’ soul searching over Google plan
« Publishers have been left divided over Google’s plan to scan books digitally and make them searchable on-line. Opponents are concerned at potential violation of copyright and remain suspicious of how Google may seek to use scanned digital copies of books.
Nigel Newton, chief executive of Bloomsbury, publisher of the Harry Potter saga, caused a stir at last week’s London Book Fair when he called on internet users to boycott Google in protest over the book search project. He warned publishers of the danger of handing over their content to a third-party internet company.
Academic publishers, however, support the Google project, which they see as opening up new audiences and marketing opportunities for their scholarly works. »
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