In October 2008, Google settled a lawsuit with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers over its extensive book-scanning project, and a federal judge was expected to approve the settlement this past spring. But concerns arose that the deal would give Google too much power over access to digital texts, forcing the company to rewrite the settlement to appease a growing chorus of critics--and now the revised deal awaits a hearing in February 2010.

At stake is access to the full text of millions of out-of-print books online, a potential goldmine for scholars and other researchers.

Google has scanned the


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