Publisher Realizes Google Books Isn't Evil, But Quite Beneficial
from the good-for-them dept
It was based on someone from Google visiting the company and explaining Google Books. While it's a little depressing that publishers have to wait for a person from Google to show up in person to explain what's been discussed at length for years by Google and many, many others, it's great to see that it worked in this case. Hyatt admits that he went into the meeting quite skeptical, but came out convinced. He notes that the two reasons given by publishers and authors against Google Books (people can just read the books online instead of buy them, or they can print them out) are simply not true. From the meeting he realized four key points (all of which Google made clear when all this launched, but many have simply ignored the facts):
- Google Book Search creates greater book awareness.
- The biggest problem authors face today is obscurity not piracy.
- Most people have no desire to read a book on their computer.
- Google only allows users to preview 20 percent of a book’s content.