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Report from Google Print Debate at New York Public Library

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The NY Times article: Googling Literature: The Debate Goes Public, reports on the Google Print/Book Search debate that Chris blogged about last week.

My favorite passage from the article is the same one that JB used on Searchblog. He calls it the "choice quote." I agree.

Mr. [Allan] Adler [a vice president for legal and governmental affairs at the Association of American Publishers]said Google's contention that its search program might somehow increase sales of books was speculation at best.

"When people make inquiries using Google's search engine and they come up with references to books, they are just as likely to come to this fine institution to look up those references as they are to buy them," he said, referring to the Public Library.

To which Google's Mr. Drummond [Google's general counsel] replied, "Horrors."

Btw, an archived version of the debate (audio only) is available here. Video is coming soon.
You'll need QuickTime to listen.

Also, kudos to the NY Times reporter for pointing out something that we've blogged about many times when it comes to material found in the Google Book Search database that HAS been scanned from a library and is still considered in-copyright:

Successful searches will return only three to five lines of text, which the company says constitutes a "fair use," allowed under copyright law.

If online books are of interest, this post from last week about a service named ebrary might also be of interest.

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