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Monday, October 27, 2003

Authors Guild v. Amazon (again)

The Authors Guild is protesting Amazon's useful new Search Inside the Book service. It complains that publishers have made books available to the service without the authors' consent, and that the service lets users read and print too many free pages. For more details, see David Kirkpatrick, Amazon Worries Authors, New York Times, October 27, 2003, and the Authors Guild Email to Members, October 24, 2003. (PS: The Authors Guild also protests that Amazon makes it too easy to buy used books instead of new; see FOSN for 4/15/02. BTW, my latest book is in the system, I'm delighted, and nobody asked my permission.)