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May 1-15, 2005 Edition
Wary of Google’s
London/04/20/05According to an item in The Bookseller, Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton has warned UK publishers to beware of Internet search engine Google.
Newton warned that Google’s effort to digitize books and allow the content to be searched on Google could lead to the “Napsterization” of the publishing industry. Mr. Newton made the comment prior to Google’s presentation of its Print project to the UK’s Publishing Association general meeting April 19 in London. the event was attended by the UK’s major publishers.
“We are being given an opportunity to undermine our industry,” said Newton.” It may not seem inherently scary at the moment. But my concern is what this will lead to in 10 years. We are opening a Pandora’s Box, and we have no idea where it will lead. We just don’t know, once they have this material, what they will do with it,” Newton said in The Bookseller item.
Tom Turvey, strategic partner development for Google, said the company has no interest in “riding roughshod over publishers who have signed up for the program. If it’s not working, publishers can pull the books from the site.” Turvey pointed out that Google’s security system respects international copyright restrictions and prevents people from downloading full text. He said Google’s goal is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally acceptable and useful.”
The Bookseller is a central source of information for publishers in the UK.