Google To Offer Free Book Downloads

According to BusinessWeek:

Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain.

What’s the bet that copyright books will follow once the book publishers wake up and see the huge volumes that can be sold vs the cost of production (i.e. virtually nil)? Just add Google Checkout (when it’s working). Easy.

Or they can do what the music industry is doing and bury their heads in the sand, hoping it will all just go away.

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