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Google settles with publishers, publishers are getting back to actual business, news gets mobile, and Google wants to charge for content.
Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week.
Publishers and Google reach an agreement to disagree
Seven years of litigation came to a close this week as Google reached a settlement agreement with McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, and Simon & Schuster. Hayley Tsukayama at the Washington Post reports:
“Under the settlement, the publishers … will be able to choose whether or not to make work that Google has already scanned available for the project. If they choose to make the material available, Google will provide a digital copy for the publisher’s personal use. If they choose not to participate, Google will remove the material. Going forward, publishers can negotiate directly with Google to allow additional material to be included in the database.”
Claire Cain Miller at the New York Times notes that all questions regarding Google’s digitization project are not answered: Google has yet to come to an agreement with the Authors Guild about copyright infringement issues with its book-scanning project, and the issue of orphan works still remains unaddressed. The settlement, Miller writes, “essentially allows both sides to agree to disagree, and gives publishers the right to keep their books out of Google’s reach.”
Apple's legal victory over Samsung is just the latest chapter in the platform's saga
It’s “platforms” month here at TOC and we covered the current state as well as future predictions for iOS in an earlier article. Now it’s time to shift the focus to Android. It didn’t take too long for me to figure out who we need to talk with about Google’s OS. Brian Jepson is senior editor of Make books here at O’Reilly and he lives and breathes Android.
Depending on who you ask you’ll discover that Android is either crushing iOS or so splintered that it’s having little impact on Apple’s momentum. What does all that mean for publishers? That what I set out to learn in this conversation with Brian.
Google and France reach an agreement, a look at the Espresso Book Machine, and ebook industry predictions.
Book-scanning lawsuits against Google were dropped in France, perhaps spelling trouble for Amazon in Europe. Elsewhere, the Espresso Book Machine is proving a plus for retailers and authors, and Laura Hazard Owen digs into PricewaterhouseCoopers' data.
Thoughts on how Microsoft could play a role in Barnes & Noble's stores.
Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.
Magazines band together, Google ditches the indies, and a study finds a notable rise in ereading.
Next Issue, a Netflix for magazines, launches. Elsewhere, Google drops its ebook reseller program, and news for book sales is looking up.
Harry Potter ebooks, Google surveys and the DoJ's investigation.
J.K. Rowling disrupts the publishing industry, at least for this week. Elsewhere, Google looks to help web publishers with survey revenue and Tim Carmody takes an in-depth look at the DoJ's investigation into agency pricing.
Google's Bill Patry on market signals and copyright terms.
In this video interview, Bill Patry, senior copyright counsel at Google, addresses the one-size-fits-all concept and says it doesn't make sense for copyright terms. He also talks about piracy and whether or not we should eliminate copyright.
The Google-Zagat acquisition, a speech-to-ebook platform, and Reuters puts a twist on aggregation.
Google goes deeper into local content with its Zagat acquisition. Also, anyone who can speak can now publish an ebook, and Reuters takes a different approach to aggregation.
Subscription competition could yield one good thing: lower price points.
Apple may have a lion's share of the tablet and app markets now, but new competition may create a more level playing field.
Lots of launches this week Google ebook store, Amazon web-based Kindle, Figment, and Open Bookmarks BMXL and Open Wiki
In the latest Bookish Techy Week in Review: Google ebook store opens; Seth Godin plays with the Domino Project; Kobo launches Reading Life; and IA unveils a new browser-based book reader.