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March 10, 2006

Google Books on the Move

Speaking of new economic models and Google . . . just today saw this announcement from Google to its publisher partners about enabling charging for access to online books through the book search:

"This new feature of the Google Books Partner Program enables US
and UK publishers to sell online access to their books, directly
through Google Book Search. This is a completely optional program
that offers you full control. Here are some of the key features:

- You choose which books you want to offer.
- You experiment with the price.
- The initial launch of this feature is limited to the US and UK.
Other countries will be added over time.

We're still in the development stages. Publishers can enable this
feature and set prices now, but Google Book Search users can't buy
online access to titles just yet.

We'll be updating our Terms and Conditions for the Google Books
Partner Program to reflect this new offering. Sometime in the next
few weeks you'll be asked to review the amended Terms and
Conditions form when you log in to your account."

Posted by mbonn at March 10, 2006 03:02 PM


As a regular Distributed Proofreaders volunteer, and somebody who's scanned and contributed nearly 200 books to Project Gutenberg that are in the public domain, I'm sitting here in the audience wondering how we can include our efforts in the Google Books program.

We'd "experiment" with prices that are free, of course.

Posted by: wtozier at March 10, 2006 03:29 PM

Apparently html is disabled in the comments. Distributed Proofreaders is at http://pgdp.net

Posted by: wtozier at March 10, 2006 03:30 PM

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