Breaking the back of the book?

THE WORLD of book publishing is about to be turned upside down, with most of the developments involving a famous web search engine.

An amended Settlement Agreement in the Google Books case got preliminary approval by the court in New York on 19 November. All deadlines are put back.

Google plans to launch an online store to deliver electronic books to any device with a Web browser, competing with Amazon's Kindle. The emergence of e-books in general is challenging the whole idea that your work is licensed for use in one territory and that you get more money for further licences.

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