Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Google Book Search

Everybody uses Google.com, including me. The on-line giant has added a new link to books. Sound good, doesn’t it? There’s only one catch. Google.com’s book search is in violation of copyright laws. I’m going to take you step by step and explain why.

Step One - You write a book.
Step Two - Book is published.
Step Three - Book has a price.
Step Four - Book is sold at bookstores, Amazon.com, your web site, etc.

Too simple? Not really. Here’s where the problem with Google.com begins. The giant doesn’t buy the books it lists in its book search. The company sends people out to libraries, bookstores, here and over seas, to scan the pages and transmit back to Google. Now they have a copy of your book to be read by millions of people without buying it. That is in violation of copyright laws. Remember on the title page of your book it reads, “All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of the Publisher.”

Sound like Google.com has done not one thing but, everything listed that the giant shouldn’t do. Google.com has retrieved, transmitted, reproduced, and now stores on their server. Due to that, you and many, many others have access to that which someone else worked hard for and are not being compensated. Google.com doesn’t get permission to do what their doing. The company is flipping a birdie to every author. They’re saying, “screw you.” And they’re doing it all under the guise of “freedom of the press.”

So, this is what I ask of all the readers out there. Don’t do it. Don’t click on that book link at Google.com. Unlike, at Amazon.com, the authors don’t get paid for what they wrote. If you’re having a hard time understanding why this is so important, picture this. You go to Google.com and click on the book search link. Right before your eyes, the pages of your diary are displayed. You never told anyone they could read them. Yet, there they are for the world to see. Now, you tell me, have you been violated?

But, who am I? Just one author with a view point on the matter.


Blogger MrEWilliams said...

This is very intresting. i agree with you 100%, but i would like to know how did you discover what you learned about Google.com?

E. Williams

4:18 PM  

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