The ALCS said that more than 20,000 British authors, whose books formed part of the service, could profit. Authors will receive a lump sum of at least $60 for allowing digital copies of their books to be made. They will then receive the majority of proceeds from any online sales via Google Books and also get about two thirds from other online book sales. Google will take the rest.However, ALCS Honorary President (and former Writers' Guild President), Maureen Duffy, has stressed that only the revisions to the deal won by the American Authors' Guild have made it acceptable.
Rights holders will be able to set the price for the book on the service, but if they do not, Google said that it will use a “pricing algorithm” to calculate the cost of the book. The ALCS said that the move will provide “an important source of revenue” for out-of-print authors.
She said that as the author of over 30 books, she “know[s] authors want their works to be read widely; it’s also important that they receive a fair payment for this. It is after all through these and other payments that writers are able to write and create more works for you to enjoy. I believe the settlement will deliver this and furthermore, it will give writers control on the pricing and availability of their work through the Book Rights Registry - a body that will be governed equally by authors and publishers in partnership.”The Writers' Guild has already published advice to members likely to be affected by the deal and is interested in working with other writers' organisations to see it extended to the UK.
A dispute over the Settlement is still progressing through the American courts.
Update: There's a good summary of some of the issues relating to the Google Book Settlement on the BBC dot.life blog.