Sunday, May 17, 2009

E-books, the flight of the legal free

This March, Google and Sony announced a deal to make 500,000 of the seven million out-of-copyright books that have so far been scanned into the internet giant's Book Search available for free as e-book downloads.

While all publishers are having to contend with the likelihood of titles being pirated, classics publishers are facing a more serious challenge of their own: free, legal competitors. Yet e-books still polarise classics publishers. While some are progressing through converting their lists, others are rejecting the push towards digitisation and inevitable competition with free editions—both legal and pirated.

From the Bookseller.

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