Friday, August 21, 2009

Catching Up With Google Books News (Good for Authors, Bad for the Settlement)

The crush of life has made me fall behind on a lot of important news in recent days.

Let's start with the formidable and lucid Edward Hasbrouck, the travel expert and author of the Practical Nomad books and blog. Brother Hasbrouck, who opted out of the freelancers' settlement (now Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick) in 2005 -- though not before first exposing some of the worst untruthful statements of the named plaintiffs' lawyers -- has now written a thorough and compelling paper about the Google Books deal and its implications for writers' rights. See

Edward's Practical Nomad blog also has just about the best set of links I've seen on all aspects of the objections to the Google settlement. See

That should be enough to get y'all started. More later.


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