Google Books Agreement, Again

For anyone not living on Planet Books, today the amended agreement goes back to court for a final fairness hearing.

If you don’t know what this is all about, have a read of Cnet’s excellent article on the issues by Larry Downes.

Small publishers still have no idea how their going to be able to interact with Apple’s new iBook store. Since Apple has already 6 of the major publishers on board, there has to be a model. The question becomes, why doesn’t Apple want to share that model with the rest of the US publishers?

There is a possibility, we suppose, that Apple is working to come up with some sort of uniquely Apple ePUB DRM feature. But at this point, no one even knows when iBooks will be available for the iPad.  We shall just have to wait and be amazed.

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