The Google Settlement: Opt Out or Stay In?

We’re just as puzzled by authors as to what the Google Book Settlement really means for them and whether they should or should not opt out of the settlement. Although the Writers’ League of Texas cannot advise our members one way or another, we can provide some resources to help authors make an informed decision.

If you have received an official opt-out letter with a September 4 deadline, here are some links that you might want to look at:

The Google Book Settlement administration site

The Authors Guild

New York Times: “Group Lays Out Argument Against Google Books Deal” — About the new Open Book Alliance with members such as Microsoft, Amazon, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Yahoo.

Publishers Weekly:

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) statement

FinePrint Literary Management’s Google Update page

The Association of American Publishers

That’s just a start of resources available. Ironically, “googling Google Book Settlement” will probably bring up more pros and cons about this!

If any of you find other good sites with information, please feel free to post a comment.

— Cyndi Hughes

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