Posts Tagged ‘Google Books’

National Federation of the Blind Commends Parties to Google Settlement

PRNewswire, BALTIMORE — The National Federation of the Blind today commended Google, the Association of American Publishers, and the Authors Guild for retaining important provisions in the amended settlement relating to the Google Books project that will allow people who are blind or have other print disabilities to access the books that Google makes available to the public. The amended settlement between Google and authors and publishers regarding the Google Books project, if approved by the courts, will have a profound and positive impact on the ability of blind people to access the printed word…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Google offers another concession in books deal

By James Temple © San Francisco Chronicle — Google Inc. today offered up yet another concession in its bid to secure support for the pending legal settlement that would allow it to forge ahead with plans to digitally scan and publish millions of books. Responding to criticism that the deal would hand the Mountain View search company a de facto monopoly over out-of-print books, Google said it will make those works available to any book retailer…. READ STORY

National Federation of the Blind Endorses Google Books Settlement Before Congress

Washington, DC (September 10, 2009): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people and the leading advocate for access by the blind to digital information, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today that the proposed settlement between Google and authors and publishers regarding the Google Books project should be approved. The Google Books settlement will make millions of titles available to the blind and other Americans with print disabilities, providing more access to the printed word than the blind have had in all of human history…. READ PRESS RELEASE