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Open Book Alliance Against Google Books Deal

August 28, 2009

Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo joined a new coalition of some individuals, groups and libraries that are against the Google Books settlement, which is called Open Book Alliance. This alliance later posted its objections on its new website, claiming that the settlement:

  • is bad for consumers and book-lovers
  • is bad for libraries and schools
  • is bad for authors and small publishers
  • sets a dangerous and unprecedented process precedent

It’s interesting to see that Microsoft is related to some open source. I also often hear complaints from authors and small publishers towards Amazon and now it starts to concern the minorities in publishing market. 😐 It’s not that I’m with Google Books in any way, but it’s just that these big three have their own reasons to join an “open” alliance.

(via NYT’s Bits)

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