rencke - 4:15 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)
Like IanKelly, I find it difficult to understand what the fuss is all about. This is what Google says to publishers:
Your books would be purchased in far greater numbers if more people knew about them. Fortunately, we've got a way to do just that with Google Print. Whether you're a large publisher or a small press, think of Google Print as a free worldwide sales and marketing system that matches people who are looking for information with the relevant words and phrases inside your books.
Seems like a pretty reasonable sales pitch. If I were a publisher with hundreds of titles out of print, not knowing if the market is big enough to risk new print runs, I would definitely sign up for this. Google supplies online statistics to the publishers, giving them the facts that they need to decide (not to mention what Amazon et al. will say when they are flooded with requests for unavailable books.)