The deal is the second major agreement the web giant reaches with a publishing house, following a controversy over the group’s digital library project.
“This collaboration constitutes an important step in our relationships with French publishers and contributes to the preservation of the French culture,” Philippe Colombet, head of Google Books France, said in a statement.
Under the terms of the deal, Google and La Martiniere Groupe will jointly set up a catalog of books to be scanned that are no longer sold by the publisher. La Martiniere Groupe will decide which books Google is allowed to scan.
La Martiniere can also dictate which of the scanned books can then be sold on Google’s Ebooks platform and two groups will share any revenue generated through a sale.
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See Also: After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France (via NY Times; August 7, 2011)
Info about deal with Hachette Livre.
See Also: La Martinière Web Site (French)
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