An excellent dissection and summary of the Google Book Settlement by Annalee Newitz at io9 lives here. Newitz discusses many of the pros and cons of the GBS and offers some insightful speculation about the future of publishing, selling and reading books. Definitely worth a look for anyone wanting a succinct guide to this convoluted and often hotly-debated topic.
I’m a big fan of Google. For the most part. But sometimes I do worry about what will happen if and/or when the company gets taken over by people who don’t really subscribe to the company’s much-vaunted “Don’t Be Evil” mantra . . .