Google To Launch Book Search Service In China

The People’s Daily Online reports that Google will be launching an on-line book search service in China. Google signed agreements with publishing houses, instead of libraries (as Baidu has), including publishers named Tsinghua University Press and the Children’s Publishing House. Google said that the books would be available on-line, “provide search links and grant free access to a segment of each work, but readers would have to pay to read the full content.” Google plans on taking a 30 percent commission from the profit on selling books online.

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