Google in France

Google has cut a deal with Hachette to scan their out-of-print books and sell them. From the NYTimes:

Google and Hachette will share revenue from sales but declined to say how they would divide it. Under the provisional U.S. deal, Google is to receive 37 percent and the rights holders the rest. The deal Wednesday is non-exclusive, so Hachette will be able to make the same books available for other electronic selling platforms.

Google’s book-scanning project has raised alarms with the French cultural establishment. Last year, President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to spend nearly €750 million, or about $1 billion, on a huge project to scan French literary works and historical documents.




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