The French Publishers’ Association has reached a deal with Google Books which will allow Google to scan copies of out-of-print texts. According to a report in The New York Times,
Google has agreed to work with French authors and publishers to set up a way for them to sell these eBooks through Google Books.
Here is more from The New York Times: “The deal is modeled on agreements that Google struck separately with two leading French publishers, Hachette and La Martinière. Under all of these agreements, the publishers retain control over many conditions of the book-scanning project, including which titles are made available.”
AppNewser has more: “Meanwhile in the United States, the Author’s Guild is still pursuing a book scanning lawsuit. Last month, Google asked the Authors Guild to drop their lawsuit claiming that the guild cannot represent “the owners of book’s copyrights.’”