As some of you know, Google is launching a “Print for Libraries” project to make digital copies of books available on the grand scale. Not everyone, and in particular not publishers, are happy about this:
Last week, Pat Schroeder, president of the Association of American Publishers, sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt asking for a meeting with the company and a six-month moratorium on digitizing copyrighted books from the libraries. Schroeder says on June 20, Google's Tom Turvey, strategic partner-development manager for the print program, called to say Google would set up a meeting.
Google says it will wait on making a decision regarding a moratorium until after meeting with publishers and other groups. "We are in constant discussions with all of our partners, and welcome their feedback," says Susan Wojcicki, Google Print's director of product development.