Welcome to brand new ways of publishing, distributing and consuming books.
It seems Google is here to dominate Online Open Book Market, Recently Google acquired reCAPTCHA, Now On Demand Books, makers of the Espresso Book Machine, are saying that they have been granted access to Google’s library of public domain digital books for use with their product.
Around 2 million public domain works have been scanned by Google, while On Demand Books offers 1.5 million titles through its existing agreements. says Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books
What is Espresso Book Machine®?
Espresso Book Machine® is an automated book-making machine. The operator selects a title to print, and within a few minutes a book emerges, with a full-color cover, trimmed to an exact size, and indistinguishable from the publisher’s version. As we say, “Hot off the press!” -source www.ondemandbooks.com
This is what Google currently agreed on:-
Google argues that anyone who wants to digitize books can cut deals with the Books Rights Registry set up as part of the settlement, but at the moment the company is the only organization in the world with a license to scan and display books that have gone out of print but are still protected by copyright laws. Google plans to display portions of those books (rights-holders can specify how much Google is allowed to show) as part of the Google Book Search product and will also provide access to the books through public library terminals and institutional subscriptions sold to university and research libraries.
“Google Book Search and other digital book projects will redefine the way people read and research,” said author Jonathan Lethem in a press release distributed by the EFF. “Now is the moment to make sure that Google Book Search is as private as the world of physical books.”