Nov 10 2008
The NY TIMES reports that in Google’s settlement over copyright issues with major booksellers, they negotiated the rights to publish out of print books:
The Google settlement largely concerned works that were still under copyright but no longer in print. Digitizing these books could allow publishers to offer readers vast numbers of additional volumes — the so-called long tail of the Internet.
This seems like a boon to scholars and researchers over time–who may have online access, for a fee, to important works long out of print.
Many iPhone users have already deployed Stanza, which permits users to access out of print works, newspapers, scholalry articles, and, also, to create their own digital texts for reading on the iPhone’s 3×4 screen with great readability.