Friday, February 13, 2009

Google Book Settlement site live

As TechCrunch reports, following the $125 million dollar settlement with the American Authors Guild last October, the Google Book Settlement site is now live, enabling copyright holders to make claims for scanned books available online through Google Book Search.
Authors, publishers, and other copyright holders will get a one-time payment of $60 per scanned book (or $5 to $15 for partial works). In return, Google will be able to index the books and display snippets in search results, as well as up to 20% of each book in preview mode. Google will also be able to show ads on these pages and make available for sale digital versions of each book. Authors and copyright holders will receive 63 percent of all advertising and e-commerce revenues associated with their works.

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