Wow, e-book talk has exploded. There are so many good stories from the past week. Have a look at some.
Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board.
And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.
Just in case you didn’t have the change to read Sergey Brin’s op-ed piece in the NYT, supporting the Google Book settlement, here’s a link. The best part of the piece though, is the ever growing collection of comments. Those are priceless, “Mr. Google.”
Lots of news and blog sites are reporting on the Dept. of Justice response to the Google Book Settlement.
Teleread has a simple summary, referring folks to the 32 page DOJ official response, Resource Shelf summarizes a variety of news sources, and for a simple overview, see the DOJ Press Release. The DOJ suggests the parties involved consider several changes to the agreement including:
- imposing limitations on the most open-ended provisions for future licensing,
- eliminating potential conflicts among class members,
- providing additional protections for unknown rights holders,
- addressing the concerns of foreign authors and publishers,
- eliminating the joint-pricing mechanisms among publishers and authors, and,
- whatever the settlement’s ultimate scope, providing some mechanism by which Google’s competitors can gain comparable access.
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Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in the air. Well, okay — the latter might not be what you expect, but this is a special September, after all. Postponed from MayL1, the deadline for filing comments in the Google Book Search settlement is coming up. And everyone is weighing in (”again” for some) on the details of the settlement. A couple of highlights.
The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)L2 again offered its support for the settlement, if only the court would promise to extend vigorous oversight of pricing and privacy practices of Google and the Books Rights Registry. This came in the form of a supplemental filingL3 to the briefL4 the three organizations filed in MayL5 (just prior to the first comment deadline). Continue reading
First Google, now Amazon, UM has certainly got connections. They announced this week a plan to offer book reprints for sale on Amazon as reprints on demand. According to their press release,”The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright — including rare and one-of-a-kind titles — available as reprints on demand under a new agreement with BookSurge, part of the Amazon.com group of companies. The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the U-M Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on Amazon.com, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form.” Continue reading