Google Settles Photographer Copyright Suit

Google announced that it has settled with a group of photographers, visual artists, and affiliated associations over a lawsuit related to copyrighted material in Google Books. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Google said in a statement,…

Fair Use Prevails As Google Wins Book-Scanning Case

So, you know that book-scanning legal battle that Google has been fighting for the past eight years against the Authors Guild? Google just won. In a New York court, Judge Denny Chin ruled that Google can continue its book-scanning ways…

A Charlie Brown Christmas And Other Peanuts Books Will Soon Be Available As eBooks

It’s almost Christmas which means that you’ve probably watched A Charlie Brown Christmas about 20 times already. It’s a holiday classic for sure, but the book isn’t half bad either. It and a number of other Peanuts printed works will…

Google Book Scanning Legal Saga Continues

Last month, Google announced that after seven years of litigation, the company finally reached a settlement with the Association of American Publishers regarding book scanning. The saga, however, is not over yet. On Friday, Google filed a brief in New…

“Herman Melville Books,” Rather Than “Moby-Dick,” Is Google’s Doodle Query

Update: They’ve actually changed the query to “herman melville books” rather than just “herman melville”. It still takes you to the Herman Melville Knowledge Graph results. You can still see Google.in has it pointing to “herman melville”. As previously reported,…

Herman Melville Gets The Google Doodle Treatment

Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick, is the subject of a new Google. Actually the book itself is really the subject, as a mouse-over indicates (not to mention the image itself), but if you click on the doodle, you’re taken…

Google And Publishers Reach Settlement After 7 Years

Google announced today that it has reached a settlement with the Association of American Publishers, ending seven years of litigation over a copyright infringement suit filed in October of 2005. Google says the settlement acknowledges the “rights and interests of…

Check Out Google’s Actual Digital Bookshelf

Danny Sullivan posted some photos and video from Google’s New York office – the company’s second largest. While there are plenty of cool things to see, the library section is probably the highlight. This includes a reading area, which is…

Court Grants Stay In Google Books Case

For a quick update on the ongoing case between Google and the Authors Guild over Google Books, a judge granted a stay in the case on Tuesday, while the court reviews the recent decision to give authors the go ahead…

Google Denied Request For Stay In Book Scanning Suit

Google has been denied a stay in its lawsuit over book scanning, which has been going on for about three quarters of a decade. Jeff John Roberts at PaidContent points to a court order from the Judge, discussing why it…

Google Book Scans Get Unified With Web Search

Google released its big list of 39 changes it made in May. One particularly interesting change deals with how Google handles results from the books it scans. The change says: Scoring and infrastructure improvements for Google Books pages in Universal…

Google: Don’t Let Us Make Imaginary Evils

There has historically been a lot of talk about whether or not Google is evil. The company brought this upon itself, by making “do no evil” a part of its public policies. Interestingly, the Google Book Search Twitter account tweeted…

Survey Shows E-Reading On The Rise

A new study has found that Americans’ use of e-readers to read their books is on the rise. Over a fifth – 21% – of Americans have now read at least one e-book, and their popularity is growing, especially among…

Google Books Discontinuing Reseller Program

Google Books has been part of the core experience of what Google offers to consumers looking for media through their services. It was recently thrown together with music, movies and apps into the Google Play store. One of the lesser…

Google eBooks Offline Support Now Available for Chrome, Chrome OS

Google announced the launch of offline support for Google eBooks for those using Chrome or Chrome OS, so they can continue reading books even when they’re not actually connected to the Internet. “We’ve all been there: the Internet is suddenly…

Book Sharing on Google+

Google announced the ability to share info about books from Google Books in circles on Google+ today. This should greatly help Google promote its e-book platform, particularly if Google+ continues the strong growth it has seen in its early days.…

Internet Archive Turns To Books

Keeping track of the history of the Internet is a task that has fallen at the feet of Archive.org, and they do an fantastic job of preserving where the Internet has been and how many of the popular sites we…

Google Books Deal Would Be Anti-competitive, Says FairSearch

As previously reported, Judge Denny Chin rejected a Google Books settlement proposal, which would have enabled Google to scan, digitize, and distribute millions of in copyright, but out-of-print books. Chin concluded in a court document, “In the end, I conclude…

Google Books Deal Blocked

Barring more legal maneuvering, the proposed Google Books Settlement – which would have cleared the way for Google to scan, digitize, and distribute of millions of in-copyright but out-of-print works – will not stand as is. This afternoon, Judge Denny…

Google Celebrates 1 Million Digitized CIC Books

It seems like all’s been quiet on the Google Books front for a while.  There’s been little talk of new partners, lawsuits, or just about anything.  But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening, as today, Google signaled that it’s scanned (and returned) one million books from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.