October 15-31, 2005 Edition

Rowman & Littlefield

Publishing Group Opts Out

of Google Print Program

NEW YORK, NY/10/7/2005­Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is the latest publisher who has withdrawn from Google’s Print for Publishers program, according to an article by Jason Lee Miller in

After one RLPG’s authors, Jack Neusner, editor of 900 books, requested to opt out of the library project, RLPG says Google gave him the run-around.

Google reportedly is making Neusner prove that he owns the rights to the books. Neusner wants to be paid a fee if Google scans his books.

RLPG decided to back its author and pull out of Google Print for Publishers. The project is separate from Google’s Print Libraries. RLPG has about 20,000 books in print.

The Author’s Guild has a pending lawsuit against Google which is expected to determine the legality of Google’s digital library program.