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2009-07-03 11:40:00

Reports say that U.S. anti-trust regulators are investigating a $125 million deal Google made with book publishers to settle copyright issues. The deal compensates copyright holders and gives Google a percentage of online book sales and advertisements. U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General William Cavanaugh said in a letter filed to the New York District Court that the deal "warrants further inquiry."Some fear that the deal might make Google a monopoly for online books."The US has reviewed...

2009-06-02 16:15:00

U.S. researchers have created a digital library and search engine that now holds more than 1 million journal articles and can be easily accessed by anyone. Pennsylvania State University scientists said the library, called CiteSeerX, is based in the university's College of Information Sciences and Technology. It is designed to enhance the dissemination of scientific literature by making papers and other documents easier to locate online, the school said. The library provides resources such as...

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2009-06-02 09:55:00

Google announced on Monday that it intends to begin selling new e-books online sometime this year, as the Web giant appears to be seeking its share of the market currently dominated by Amazon. "We've consistently maintained that we're committed to helping our partners find more ways to make their books accessible and available for purchase," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in a statement on Monday. "By end of this year, we hope to give publisher partners an additional way to sell their...

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2009-05-29 12:11:55

The European Union's executive body is going to study Google's plans to make money from its books, which are available online, after Germany said the Internet search giant's project openly disregards EU copyright laws. On Thursday the bloc's industry ministers agreed to ask the European Commission to find how Google's settlement with authors in the U.S. has affected writers' rights in the EU. "The commission will carefully study the whole issue and, if need be, to take steps," Vladimir...

2009-05-28 07:00:00

Proprietary Annotation Platform Enables Stakeholders and Experts to view all Relevant Documents and Engage in Dynamic, Contextual Discussion for Public Record NEW YORK, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SharedBook Inc., the custom publishing enabler, announces the launch of a new digital platform to facilitate public debate on Google's settlement with the book publishing industry in an unprecedented way, using SharedBook's patented digital annotation technology. For the first time, the full...

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2009-04-28 13:24:13

Amazon, the maker of the Kindle e-book reader, is reaffirming its presence in the electronic book market with the purchase of Lexcycle, a year-old company that makes the iPhone e-book application Stanza, The Associated Press reported. The Stanza software uses the "epub" format "” an open standard supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum that many publishers use to create e-book files. But while Amazon.com's Kindle does not support the format, Sony's competing Reader...

2009-04-06 10:11:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's proposed settlement with authors and publishers raises antitrust concerns, Consumer Watchdog said today and the nonpartisan, nonprofit group called on the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice officials Consumer Watchdog asked the department to seek a delay of the settlement until a "most favored nation" clause favoring Google is removed and the deal's "orphan...

2009-04-04 12:50:00

U.S. Internet search engine giant Google should not be allowed nearly exclusive rights to out-of-print books for its online publishing venture, critics say. Academics and public interest groups alike are threatening to file legal briefs to block a lawsuit settlement that may give Google the rights to millions of out-of-print texts whose publishing rights are owned by unknown or missing sources, The New York Times reported Saturday. Harvard University Library head Robert Darnton said if the...

2009-03-25 09:18:00

Largest Author Focused Online Directory Provides Innovative Marketing Platform for All Authors NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- FiledBy, Inc. today announced the Beta launch of filedbyauthor at http://www.filedby.com. The site is the first large-scale author-centric promotional platform to provide every author that has been published in the U.S. or Canada a free, hosted, ecommerce enabled web page ready to be claimed and enhanced. With more than 1.8 million pre-assembled author...

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2009-01-06 12:31:43

Scholars and others with specialized interests have been turning to Google for information ever since the company began scanning printed books four years ago. Every month users view at least 10 pages of more than half of the one million out-of-copyright books that Google has scanned into its servers, according to Dan Clancy, the engineering director for Google book search. "Google's book search allows you to look for things that would be very difficult to search for otherwise," said Ben...