Publishers and authors will give consent for works to be digitalised

Google Books makes concession to European publishers

Google has agreed not to add books still in print outside the US to its online library without consent.

In what is seen as a concession to European publishers, Google has agreed to negotiate with publishers and authors over rights to individual books, BBC News reports.

The internet giant originally intended to add works to its online library that were no longer in print in the US but still available in other countries. Millions of out of print titles have already been digitised for Google Books.

Last month, Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo joined a coalition opposed to Google’s plans to digitise millions of books. The Open Book Alliance argued that Google Books would monopolise the library system, allowing the company to set prices for institutions wishing to use its service.

Google Books released a formal privacy policy for its service last week, following consultation with the Federal Trade Commission.

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