Gettin’ it

Gettin’ it: You may recall the news I enthusiastically blogged in July about negotiating with publishers to allow users do full-text searches of non-fiction books. Publishers’ Weekly is reporting that book publishers are reluctantly agreeing to the plan. However, there is major push-back on certain types of reference books and cookbooks. Also, there is the faux controversy that the publishers may not have the rights to offer such online re-usage of the content. I say faux because it is outrageously absurd to imagine an author protesting a means to sell their books. If the service as is explained, a reader would only be able to access the book’s content a sentence or so at a time, so the chance of someone reading one of these books without obtaining the print version is remote.