Tuesday, September 20, 2005

USATODAY.com - Google book project: Digital-age test of copyright law

Sanfilippo's response is really on target. There is at least preliminary evidence that making digital copies of books available increases sales. But the larger issue is that the whole nature of publishing is changing.The business models that publishers have used are really shaky right now...

"On the one hand, Sanfilippo credits the program for boosting sales of obscure titles at Penn State University Press, where he works. On the other, he's worried that Google's plans to create digital copies of books obtained directly from libraries could hurt his industry's long-term revenues."