Google goes into print with 2m books

After five years of scanning books electronically, Google is finally entering the print publishing business for the first time.Through an arrangement with a printing company unveiled on Thursday, Google will offer 2m out-of-copyright books that can be picked up or shipped from libraries, universities and other spots around the world. It has struck the deal with On Demand Books, makers of the Espresso Book Machine that can print a 300-page book in less than five minutes, complete with a cover and a bound edge.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6cad4992-a3b3-11de-9fed-00144feabdc0.htmlAlso see:Government Urges Changes to Google Books Deal
In the latest challenge to Google’s plan to establish the world’s largest digital library and bookstore, the Justice Department said late Friday that a proposed legal settlement between Google and book authors and publishers should not be approved by the court without modifications.The Justice Department said that while the agreement would provide many benefits to the public, it also raised significant issues regarding class-action, copyright and antitrust law.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/technology/internet/19google.html

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