Monday, December 12, 2005
HarperCollins to digitize 20,000 of its books - Tech News & Reviews - MSNBC.com
On digitizing books – from MSNBC:
U.S. publisher HarperCollins said on Monday it plans to convert some 20,000 books in its catalogue into digital form in a bid to rein in potential copyright violations on the Internet.
The move comes as the U.S. publishing industry is bringing lawsuits against Web search leader Google Inc. over its effort to scan copyrighted books in libraries — a move the industry fears would set a dangerous copyright precedent.
Chief executive Jane Friedman said HarperCollins, a division of News Corp., had no immediate plan to raise revenue from the digital copies of the books but it had concluded it was a vital move to protect its authors' rights.