Google turns scanned books back into paper

September 17, 2009

Google’s plan to digitize copyrighted books is under legal attack.******But the Internet giant is stepping up its PR offensive to convince consumers of the benefits wrought by its broader book scanning project.******Exhibit A: the Espresso Book Machine.******The contraption pictured here can produce bound paperback books, from hard-to-find works of literature to little-known cookbooks, in a matter of minutes.****** The machine itself is not Google’s; it’s the creation of On Demand Books. On Wednesday, the companies announced a deal giving On Demand and its Espresso Machine access to Google’s digital library of 2 million public domain titles.******Until now, the works digitized by Google were available only as digital files for reading on computer screens or electronic readers. With the Espresso machine, the companies say, consumers will be able to bury their noses in old-fashioned, hardcopy versions of their desired books – many of which have been have been out of print for years.******On Demand Books says it currently has 16 of its book-making machines at bookstores, libraries and other locations and plans to have 34 of the machines (which are priced starting at $75,000) next year.******The machine will only crank out books from Google’s archive with expired copyrights, which in the United States means they were published before 1923. Google is currently seeking court approval of a settlement with groups representing publishers and authors regarding its use of scanned copyrighted books.

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is this tru

Posted by jj | Report as abusive

how much do these books cost?

Posted by richard katz | Report as abusive

Wonderful. But how about some art on the covers? At least some creative typesetting?

Posted by Andrew Franks | Report as abusive

It’s pretty exciting to know the world’s books will always be accessible, and will not be lost. And to be able to get any out-of-print book at anytime in a matter of minutes is too good to be true! Just as long as they don’t get rid of large bookstores to wander around and get lost in.

This machine is obviously a great idea and should be a staple in every bookstore and library, but it\’s only an effort to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.The DVD format rapidly knocked out VHS tapes, the internet killed travel agents, printed catalogs, and newspapers, and eBooks will ultimately bring about the demise of printed books, because they\’re just too expensive to produce, compared to the convenience, cost, and other benefits of reading on a digital device.I\’m not happy by this prediction, but it seems to be the writing on the wall… because there are no phone booths left to write on the side of.

Posted by gene grossman | Report as abusive

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In my personal experience with Google/Sequoia’s infringment, their subsequent handling of the matter and disrespect for copyright, I think the publishing industry would be wise to consider that Google has proven to the world that it is not the answer favorable to creators of valuable content but rather a device that siezes the total value of online content and fences it to advertisers without compensating the content creator.Google, though a wonderful tool, appears to be a bad start for a platform for the internet as it degrades the value of creation, innovation and Intellectual Property and is seeking to overstep via influence all agencies of US Government that were not paying attention under Bush and are being mislead by Google’s relationship with the Obama administration.Something that takes individuals rights, like google, is not an American device – no matter how needo it is.It might be time for the public to simply stop utilizing Google and use alternative search products.

Google stole the work done at http://www.gutenberg.org and presented it as owned by google. This is such a blatant theft. The courts should shut google down, it has long since lost the purpose of a search engine and become a search engine of advertisements. Such a shame such a good, worthy idea would go to hell.

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