Google encroaches on territory?

As an author, I sure find this sort of news interesting! This is as reported in Publishers Weekly:

“With Amazon getting all the ink for trying to become more like Google,
the search-engine company has been doing something perhaps almost as
notable: trying to become more like Amazon. For the last few months, Google has been courting publishers, hoping
to convince them to turn over book content that could be used in
Google’s database, say people close to the discussions.”

What would this mean for me as a content provider? Hopefully yet another venue for selling more books, but if this is all about repurposing content for the benefit of publishers but not the author, well, I can’t see that I’m going to be very supportive of this new effort from the team at Google. It’ll be interesting to learn more details, won’t it?

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