More on Sony + Google for ebooks. I’m wondering if there’s anything that would prevent Amazon from offering the same out-of-copyright content – i.e., if this deal is a leading indicator of something bigger or just an excuse to have a joint press release
Since 2004, Google has scanned about seven million books from major university and research library collections. For now, however, Google can make full digital copies available only of books whose copyrights have expired.
The books available to Reader owners were written before 1923 and include classics like “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” by Mark Twain, and “The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin, as well as harder-to-find titles like “The Letters of Jane Austen.”