APW member, Marion E. Gold, posted this article at LinkedIn titled “Google Books: 1, Authors: 0 in Landmark Ruling.” The article begins: “The eight-year-long legal battle over Google Books has finally come to a close. A judge ruled on Thursday that the search giant’s scanning of millions of books falls under fair use and doesn’t infringe the copyrights of the books’ authors.” The Authors Guild will probably appeal. Read the entire article at Mashable.com You can also read the ruling by clicking a link.
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Amazon is going to start bundling books with their ebooks, including some books they’ve had available for years. You’ll be able to get the ebook version of books you buy or have bought between no additional cost to $2.00. Authors will receive royalties on bundled ebooks in the MatchBook program based on the ebook bundled price. Amazon expects it to boost overall sales. The program will launch in October. Read more at Publishers Weekly.