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Tuesday, September 20, 2021

When I wrote about Google’s cart-before-horse approach in its attempts to partner with media providers, I cited its problems with Google Print as an early indicator of trouble.

The Google Print situation is heading toward resolution, with the publishing community somewhat divided. But it’s noteworthy that what got Google in that fix has been tagged:

Google has unilaterally set this rule: Publishers can tell it which books not to scan at all, similar to how website owners can request to be left out of search engine indexes. In August, the company halted the scanning of copyright books until Nov. 1, saying it wanted to give publishers time to compile their lists.

Richard Hull, executive director of the Text and Academic Authors Association, called Google’s approach backwards. Publishers shouldn’t have to bear the burden of record-keeping, agreed [Tony] Sanfilippo, the Penn State press’s marketing and sales director.

It’s very much an entitlement-based attitude: Because Google’s mastered the technique, the company feels it can forge ahead without initial consensus-building. In the long run, it’s a fatal flaw in running a business.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/20/2005 09:31:42 PM
Category: Internet, Publishing
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    When your basic business model is described as “parasitic”, you wouldn’t expect much in the way of meaningful dialogue. Yet some sabre-rattling out of the European Publishers Council over the numbered days of free content on the Web…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 12/06/2021 @ 11:15:59 PM


    The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last takes a look at the continuing resistance in the book world over Google Book Search and the related Google’s Library Project.
    Here’s what it boils down to:
    Google’s defense of its book-scannin…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 12/06/2021 @ 12:10:30 AM

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