August 13 – August 20, 2009 Edition

AAP Offers Audio/Visual Info on Google Settlement

The Association of American Publishers this week, compiled an audio visual resource to help authors and publishers clarify and expand their understanding of the Google Settlement. Among the materials are:

A video explaining in simple terms what the Settlement means for the general public was produced by Google and provides an excellent overview. At a groundbreaking forum on “Equalizing Access to Knowledge” held at Howard University in late July, civil rights, academic, and library community leaders spoke about what the Settlement means in terms of social justice. The Settlement’s implications for publishers was the subject of a program at BookExpo America and a webinar co-sponsored by Publishers Weekly held in late July. Video excerpts of the BookExpo discussion and a complete download of the audio webinar are available.

Here are links offered by the AAP:

General overview of Google Books and the Settlement

The r-equal.html role of the Settlement in leveling the educational playing field for minority students and students with disabilities

Discussion of what the Settlement means for publishers

(Editor’s Note: Also consider opposing views before deciding to opt in or out of the Google Settlement. Deadline is September 4, 2009. For a list of articles of Authorlink, Search Site for Google settlement. Many major agencies are advising their clients to opt out. See the Washington Post and New York Times for more.)