Publishers Put Google Out Of Print

    August 12, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Continued complaints from the publishing industry via its trade association have brought a pause to the Google Print Project.

The latest bit of news from the Google Blog discloses it will scan no more in-copyright books until it’s time; in this case the time will be November, by which the search engine hopes to continue with its Print Library and Publishers Project.

This break allows Google time to find out from publishers which books copyright holders do or do not want included in the Project. Google cites several benefits to their program, like increasing awareness of out-of-print books users would otherwise never find.

Publishers could track that interest and direct users to their web site. Enough interest in a title could even spur a publisher into making a title available again; it seems likely that with Google’s scan available to publisher, modern on-demand printing technology could be used to sell someone a copy of a title that hasn’t been on a shelf in years.

The Association of American Publishers has blasted the Google Print initiative again. Patricia Schroeder, a former Colorado House Democrat, serves as president and CEO of the AAP. “Google’s announcement does nothing to relieve the publishing industry’s concerns,” Mrs. Schroeder said in the release.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.