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Google presses fair use case in book scanning appeal

Google asked an appeals court to throw out a ruling that let the Authors Guild sue on behalf of all writers whose books were scanned without permission. Google argues most authors support the scanning and that the case should be decided on a book-by-book basis.

Google can appeal class certification in Books case

Google can appeal an order that let the Authors Guild go forward with a class action lawsuit over book scanning. This means current proceedings will be on hold until a higher court either dismisses the case or offers guidance on what should happen next.

Another nail in the coffin of Google’s global library

Since 2004, Google has been trying to scan the world’s books but has run into opposition from authors and publishers. Now a lawsuit has been launched against the universities who were its partners. Is this the final nail in the coffin of the global library?

Judge Rules Against Google Books Settlement

A federal judge has ruled against Google (NSDQ: GOOG) in its long-standing attempt to expand a plan to scan and then distribute millions of…


Google Editions Shifts E-book Focus Away from Devices

Google (GOOG) showed a little more leg Thursday regarding its long-term e-book plans. Instead of targeting dedicated e-book readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle or Sony’s Reader, the search giant indicated it aims to add e-books to its strategy of moving content and applications off devices and into the cloud by making the browser the primary platform for reading, distributing and publishing digital books. While Google’s announcement adds to the growing list of challenges to Amazon’s Kindle empire, its browser-based strategy represents a more fundamental challenge to Amazon than mere competition for e-book sales.