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BA signs up with Google for Editions programme

The Booksellers Association has signed an agreement for its members to sell Google's e-book system later this year, as well as share its membership data with the search engine.

BA chief executive Tim Godfray told delegates yesterday afternoon (18th May) at the Book Industry Conference in London that any BA member will be able to start selling Google Editions, the "buy anywhere, read anywhere" e-book system, when it launches this summer.

He said: "This will have a significant impact on e-book sales for members." Godfray also said the BA would be sharing membership data with Google on a weekly basis. He said consumers using the search engine to look for booksellers would be directed to BA members.

Google Editions works by saving content in "cloud library" so a user can read a book across a range of different devices.

Google, along with Apple and Amazon, will be "hugely influential" in determining how the digital landscape changes over the coming years, said Godfray. "They should be part of the trade associations and inside the tent. It puts us at a disadvantage not to have companies sitting at a table and working with us to map out what the best way forward."

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I don't remember giving the BA permission to share our data with Google.

me neither.

Yeah Tim, this is an Association we pay to be members of not a corporation. Do we not have a say in this or will you be refunding the fees?

BA membership data is available anyway through the BA Members' Directory, http://www.booksellers.org.uk/Bookshop-Directory/Bookshop-Search.aspx - it's about time it was made available to the search engines. What's the problem? Don't these anonymous commenters want to be found by prospective customers?

I have no problem with the membership being made available, that's one advantage of BA membership, but would it not have been appropriate to have a least given members a heads-up on this agreement first? Tim - it should be for the members not over the heads of the members, not everyone can go to the Book Industry Conference and the rest of us have no idea what this means to us.

Oh good grief people, read the T&C you signed up to before you complain. "Personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances however we may need to disclose personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information requested. There is a right to request a copy of personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held."

Oh Good Grief Geoff get a grip (enough Gs for you?) - get a proper job outside the BA. We the members will decide what we think of the BA, small print & T&Cs notwithstanding.

Geoff, thanks for confirming the BA has made an abnormal disclosure. I seem to have mislaid the T&C we signed up to in the 1970s. Can you help?

I don't remember giving the BA permission to share our data with Google.

me neither.

Yeah Tim, this is an Association we pay to be members of not a corporation. Do we not have a say in this or will you be refunding the fees?

BA membership data is available anyway through the BA Members' Directory, http://www.booksellers.org.uk/Bookshop-Directory/Bookshop-Search.aspx - it's about time it was made available to the search engines. What's the problem? Don't these anonymous commenters want to be found by prospective customers?

I have no problem with the membership being made available, that's one advantage of BA membership, but would it not have been appropriate to have a least given members a heads-up on this agreement first? Tim - it should be for the members not over the heads of the members, not everyone can go to the Book Industry Conference and the rest of us have no idea what this means to us.

Oh good grief people, read the T&C you signed up to before you complain. "Personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances however we may need to disclose personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information requested. There is a right to request a copy of personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held."

Oh Good Grief Geoff get a grip (enough Gs for you?) - get a proper job outside the BA. We the members will decide what we think of the BA, small print & T&Cs notwithstanding.

Geoff, thanks for confirming the BA has made an abnormal disclosure. I seem to have mislaid the T&C we signed up to in the 1970s. Can you help?