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Google Books Confidential

brandonbadger_100x100.jpgAt mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit today, Google Books product manager Brandon Badger spoke to a roomful of wary publishers about the search giant’s book search–a feature tied up in complicated litigation.

When asked about Google’s controversial preview feature, his answer was short and sweet: “We feel strongly that offering a small preview improves sales.” Discussing the lawsuit, he offered another short answer: “I believe it is moving forward.” He also stressed that publishers would “get a healthy cut” of the revenues from Google Books sales.

He also shared the top three searches on Google Books in 2009–a list that reveals a potential eBook audience that is searching unsuccessfully for more digital books. They were all Stephenie Meyer titles: “Twilight,” “New Moon,” and “Eclipse.”

When asked about Google’s perceived monopoly on book search, he replied: “Obviously with the scanning of library books, it’s something anyone can do. There’s nothing exclusive. We go in and check out the book just like anybody else. There’s nobody stopping other places from entering these agreements with them too. We’re open to working with lots of partners. We aren’t trying to squeeze people out here, we’re trying to be the glue that can stitch together the different parts…it will help everybody compete better.”

Follow all the summit action on Twitter: @galleycat and @eBookNewser and @RonHogan; also, check the hashtag #ebooksummit for even more 140-character wisdom.

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eBook Summit Live!

ebookthumb23.pngIf you can’t attend the inaugural launch of mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit tomorrow, don’t worry–you can watch select presentations live on your computer.

The special conference will be held on December 15 & 16 in New York at New World Stages. Online registration has closed, but readers can still register at the event. On this page, we will host a live stream of all the keynote speakers. The live stream schedule follows…

Tuesday, December 15:
9:30 am Jane Friedman and Jeffrey Sharp, co-founders of Open Road Integrated Media
12:00 pm–Katty Kay, author of ‘Womenomics’ and Washington correspondent BBC World News America.
2:45 pm–Brandon Badger, product manager of Google Books.
Wednesday, December 16:
9:30 am–Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division.

You can follow the hashtag #ebooksummit on Twitter for live-feed version of the eBook Summit and join the conversation virtually. In addition, we’ve built a special Twitter list collecting the 140-character wisdom of registered summit attendees–a list that includes digital publishers, writers, and journalists. If you are attending and want to add your feed to the list, email GalleyCat.

Google Books Joins mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit

ebooksummit.jpgWhen the Google Books settlement finally receives judicial approval, what will Google do with the 168,178,719 books that exist in the world?

You can find out at mediabistro.com’s upcoming eBook Summit which runs from December 15-16. Participants include Brandon Badger, product manager for Google Books–giving an inside look at the Google Books project. In addition, the conference will also include Bob Livolsi, CEO of Books on Board, talking about the retail aspect of eBooks and digital publishing.

Here’s more from the summit site: “Mediabistro.com’s two-day eBook Summit will take a closer look at the changing digital publishing industry, from the perspectives of content creators and of publishers. Leaders in the field will uncover business development opportunities, and highlight the latest technological innovations currently driving the future of digital publishing.”