Google files motion for summary judgment, insists Google Books is fair use, has not harmed any book sales

By libertyc
July 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

PaidContent has a copy of Google’s motion for summary judgment, and a summary of what it says. Google makes the case that its scanning of all those copyrighted books qualifies as fair use, and cites numerous examples of beneficial outcomes that have come out of the availability of that [...]

1DollarScan and BOOKSCAN are popular in US and Japan

By libertyc
July 24, 2012 // 7 Comments

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting look at Japanese jisui company BOOKSCAN and its American subsidiary 1DollarScan, via an interview with CEO Hiroshi Nakano. Jisui companies are the do-it-yourself e-book makers who will, for a fee, take customers’ paper books and scan them into e-books [...]

Backslash backlash: In Carpe Diem, an e-book markup error also affects print editions

By libertyc
May 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

We’ve all encountered e-book scanning and markup errors , but most of these errors only affect the e-books themselves. It’s a rare error that actually feeds back into the print editions of the books, too! However, I recently came across just such an error. I was working on the TVTropes page for [...]

Authors Guild and Google continue to spar in courtroom over Google Books scanning program

By libertyc
May 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

PaidContent has a piece by Jeff John Roberts looking at the current status of the Authors Guild vs. Google court case involving Google’s actions in scanning millions of copyrighted e-books. The case is moving slowly forward with new motions presented today, that Judge Chin has promised to rule on [...]

1DollarScan adds platform customization to its budget scanning program

By libertyc
April 2, 2012 // 3 Comments

TechCrunch reports that 1DollarScan, a US subsidiary of Japanese jisui (third-party book-to-e-book scanning) company Bookscan, has introduced an improved formatting service called Fine Tune. Fine Tune promises to custom-format its scans so that they work better and load faster on all different [...]

Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries

By Paul Biba
March 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Here’s an excerpt: Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project. But what that means for the [...]

Trading in paper books for e-books: Is it possible?

By libertyc
February 5, 2012 // 4 Comments

In my email this morning, I received a notice from Quora that I had been invited to submit an answer for the following question: Are there any services or business models in which one can trade paperback or hardcover books for digital books, without having to pay full price again? After typing my [...]

Review of Bound Book Scanning service, by Patricia Guth

By Paul Biba
January 4, 2012 // 34 Comments

The December holidays have passed and there’s no doubt – given the lines at the Nook counter at Barnes and Noble – that book reading has changed immensely in the last 5 years or so. Indeed, the era of the e-book is here to stay and more and more individuals find e-reading the way to go when [...]

Public-domain digitization projects increasingly have restrictive terms of use

By libertyc
December 30, 2011 // 10 Comments

Digitization of public-domain works is a good thing, right? Most literature fans would be quick to agree. However, Glyn Moody writes on Techdirt that some of the new public digitization projects have terms and conditions that seem to be right out of the dark ages. The Cambridge University’s [...]

Embarrassing e-book typo proves ‘shift’ happens

By libertyc
September 13, 2011 // 7 Comments

I had thought that I wouldn’t find an e-book typo more hilarious than “the next Jew chapters” or “arroz con polio” from the Young Wizards series. But The Guardian Books blog has found what may very well be one of the greatest typos of all time, in Susan Andersen’s novel Baby, I’m [...]

Japanese company Bookscan expands budget scanning operations to American shores

By libertyc
August 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch has a piece on a startup called 1DollarScan, a scanning and digitizing company that is offering extremely inexpensive scanning and digitizing services. An expansion of a similar operation in Japan called Bookscan, 1DollarScan’s prices start at $1 for digitizing ten photos or 100 pages [...]

Google to digitize French e-books for Hachette Livre

By libertyc
August 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller reports that Google has reached an agreement with publisher Hachette Livre to scan out-of-print French e-books. Between 40,000 and 50,000 books will be scanned, and Hachette Livre will decide which ones are made available as e-books. (I wonder if it will include any Arsène Lupin [...]

Plustek book scanner is well behind its time

By libertyc
July 28, 2011 // 3 Comments

Wired’s Gadget Lab has a feature profiling a new, specifically-for-books flatbed scanner, the Plustek OpticBook 3800. The defining features of this scanner seem to be a thin bezel that allows all-the-way-to-spine scanning, and a specially padded liner to eliminate distortion. I’m actually a bit [...]

National Library of France uses private partners to digitize its collection, by Gary D. Price

By libertyc
July 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

From a LeMonde Article (In French, Mechanical Translation via Google): The National Library of France announced Wednesday, July 6, launching an appeal to private partners for the digitization and enhancement of its collections. “Today is a historic step,” said President BNF, Bruno Racine, [...]

Walter Jon Williams uses pirated and crowdsourced editions to build digital backlist

By libertyc
May 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

One of the downsides of piracy can also turn out to be one of its benefits in the right situation. The fact that it’s easy to scan paper books into e-books means that DRM or even refusing to release e-books can be bypassed by a suitably determined pirate. But to an author who would like to put [...]

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