The agreement for Google to scan out-of-print French language books for Hachette Livre has been signed, two months later than scheduled.
The five-year agreement should have been finalised six months after the memorandum of understanding was signed last November, but it was delayed until last week by technical hitches.
The pact confirms Hachette Livre will decide which titles should be scanned and which should be made available as e-books through Google and booksellers or for other commercial purposes, such as print-on-demand, the two companies said in a joint statement.
The scanned books, which potentially could total between 40,000 and 50,000, will also be entered into the database of the French National Library (BNF).
Пд строгим присмотром, контролем и на коротком поводке. Но Google получит ещё 40–50 тыс книг. ОК. До 130 млн ещё далеко.