Posts tagged as:

books

I just got an email from Google PR, saying the company has settled its long-running legal battle with publishers and authors over its ambitious book-scanning project, a settlement that was rumoured to be in the works for the past month or so. The project has been under a cloud since 2005, when the Association of…

{ 10 comments }

Cartoonist and wine-marketing genius Hugh Macleod of Gaping Void asked marketing guru Seth Godin some questions recently, which he has posted on his blog. One of my favourites is when Hugh asks Seth what the hardest lessons are for a first-time author to learn: "Books are souvenirs that hold ideas. Ideas are free. If no…

{ 11 comments }

Google launches new book widgets

by Mathew on September 22, 2008

Google has announced new Google Book Search browsable widgets, as well as partnerships with retailers such as Books-A-Million and other booksellers that will see the "browse inside this book" feature added to their reviews and book pages, and also allow virtually anyone with a website to embed a Google book reader widget. In addition to…
So Microsoft is winding down its book digitization and search project (and its related academic research project) because it wants to focus on verticals that have a "high commercial intent." In other words, there's no money in book scanning. That presumably leaves Google to scan and index all of the world's knowledge -- and to…

{ 2 comments }

The book publishing industry seems to be slowly coming to the realization that digital media affects them just as it does the music and movie business: The Times has a story about a bleak forecast from the London-based Society of Authors that "book piracy on the Internet will ultimately drive authors to stop writing unless…

{ 12 comments }