Tue, Sep 8, 2009 -- 9:00 AM

Google's Book Search

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According to linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, Google's book search is well on its way to becoming "the world's largest digital library" -- but not without controversy. Tuesday is the last day to file comments with a U.S. District Court on a class action lawsuit between Google and several authors and publishers. Google has reached a settlement with these industry partners, and hopes to build its online library as a service to the public good. But opponents of the deal claim it gives Google a monopoly over digitized books. We discuss the settlement and what it means for authors.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Edward Hasbrouck, writer and co-chair of the Books Division for The National Writers Union, which opposes the Google Books settlement
  • James Gleick, author and board member of the Authors Guild
  • Pamela Samuelson, professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Tom Krazit, staff writer for

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