Google today said that it had reached a deal with the publisher Hachette Livre, which has broken ranks with its French rivals and agreed to allow Google to scan thousands of out-of-print books for its digital library project.
The New York Times reports, publishing company Hachette Livre will decide which out-of-print-but-still-under-copyright books Google will be allowed to sell the books it scans as e-books or in other electronic formats. The deal is non-exclusive, so Hachette will be able to make the same books available to other. Google and Hachette will share revenue from sales but declined to say how they would divide it.
Google’s Dan Clancy said the deal could “serve as a framework for other French publishers and maybe other publishers around the world.” It retains control for the publisher in terms of how books should be used.
According to the Times, today’s deal still allows Hachette to pursue legal action against Google over past book scanning.