Do I trust them with my books?
Google’s goal is to scan every single book in the world. How many is that? According to the LA News Monitor, it’s 129,864,880 (and increasing). How can it do that?
By June, the company has scanned 12 million books and expects to complete the scanning of existing books within a decade, Google Books engineering manager Jon Orwant said at a conference.Over 129 million books scanned within the next ten years. Google doesn’t seem to stop even when the book is out of print but still under copyright. They scan it anyway. There probably aren’t many of those kinds of books, right?
These books comprise about 65 percent of the world’s books. Google has been accused of infringing on author copyrights by scanning in the books, according to class-action lawsuits filed by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers in 2005.Google has said it will “give royalties to the authors and sell digital copies of these books.” Why don’t the holders of the copyrights have the say-so as to whether Google copies the books? Google seems to be saying, we don’t care if you have the copyright. We’re going to copy it, but, hey, we’ll pay you.
I know this has been going on for quite a while. It was five years ago that the class-action lawsuits against Google were filed. A judgment from the U. S. District Court hasn’t been issued yet.
I have a feeling a great many authors would say, sure, scan my book, just pay me for each sale. I also have a feeling that most authors would like to be asked before their books are scanned. Wouldn’t you? Or maybe not.