Google Rises to Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon Google Book Search Challenge
Google is now facing threats to its Google Book Search deal from Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon and a host of other concerns who have joined the Open Book Alliance. Led by the Internet Guild and antitrust lawyer Gary Reback, the coalition aims to call the Department of Justice' attention to Google's quest to organize the world's books online. Several libraries, organizations and privacy pundits have come forth to oppose the deal, or propose changes to it. Parties have until Sept. 4 to file opposition papers with the New York court reviewing the settlement.Opposition to Google's Book Search settlement with authors and publishers continues to mount, as Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon are joining a new coalition to influence the Department of Justice to force Google to revise the deal. The non-profit Internet Archive group next week plans to announce the Open Book Alliance, a gathering of companies and library associations poised to challenge Google's settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. As part of the deal, Google agreed to scan the world's books online and charge users for access to them.
With Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon leading the way, the Open Book Alliance poses the biggest single front of opposition to the deal yet. Microsoft and Yahoo, whose search businesses may suffer from traffic to the Google Books site, have confirmed their participation to eWEEK. Amazon, which offers digital books through its Kindle electronic reader, declined to comment, though it is likely it is concerned Google could impose unfair pricing schemes for books it licenses.