Last week, Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers announced that they had settled their lawsuit on Google’s book scanning project. If approved by a judge, the proposed settlement would expand access to books:
- Free previews available for more books
- Free full-text access at public libraries across the country
- Institutional subscriptions to in-copyright, out-of-print books
- Ability for individuals to purchase full online access to many books
- Opportunties for scholars to conduct advanced computational research
The University of California, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University issued a joint statement of support for the agreement. For more information, see the new Google website on The Future of Book Search, highlighting potential changes based on the settlement.