by Ann Okerson (Associate University Librarian, Collections & International Programs, Yale University) [email protected]

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Sometimes it feels as if the Google book digitizing project has been with us all of our professional lives, and the Google Book Settlement not much less than that. In fact, Google began its digitization program early in the decade; the Authors’ Guild lawsuit was launched in 2005, and the Settlement was proposed in late 2008. A great deal of the Settlement story remains to be written, to say nothing of its impact on many individuals, organizations, society, and the future of books. It seems that everyone connected to learning and knowledge production — not just attorneys and authors — has a view about Google’s activities, offerings, and strategies. The Google Settlement has even become a topic of conversation among strangers seated next to one another on long airplane flights.

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