Hachette Livre and Google herald new French books deal

<p>Hachette Livre has come to an agreement with Google that will see the giant search engine digitise the publisher&#39;s out of print books in France, bringing to an end a long-running dispute stemming from Google&#39;s vast book digitisation project. The deal will now be subject to six months &#39;fine-tuning&#39;, and will also be made available to other French publishers.</p><p>Arnaud Nourry, chairman and c.e.o. of Hachette Livre, said the arrangement &quot;enables us to break the deadlock in an honorable and positive way, while protecting the interests of all parties involved&quot;. Google senior vice president David Drummond described it as &quot;a win-win deal for Google and&nbsp; the French publishing industry&quot;.</p><p>On the surface, the deal achieves a similar result to the Google Settlement, though without the costly litigation and long-wait for judicial approval. Under the terms, Hachette Livre gains control of those titles to be scanned for which it holds the copyright, even if they are not in print. Significantly, titles already scanned by Google will also be &quot;removed from Google services&quot; should the publisher choose to exercise this right.<br /><br />In September Hachette Livre filed an objection with the US court to the Google Settlement, describing that deal as &quot;illegal, unfair and inequitable&quot;. Nourry heralded the new accord saying it was time to put the past behind it. &quot;It has nothing to do with a waiver of our claims concerning Google&rsquo;s past practices, and everything to do with a new and exciting foundation on which to build a fresh start based on fairness.&quot;<br /><br />Hachette will determine which works it wants Google to scan, but said there were &quot;many thousands of works under French copyright controlled by Hachette Livre and which are commercially unavailable.&quot; Works deemed by Hachette Livre suitable for scanning can either be made available as ebooks for electronic purchase through Google Books or used for other commercial applications such as print on demand (POD). French booksellers will also be able to sell electronically these works.</p><p>A second tranche will include titles that can be scanned by Google for search and promotion, with Hachette retaining a file for its own non commercial uses.</p><p>Hachette Livre said it intended to make digital copies of scanned works available to the databases of public institutions such as the Biblioth&egrave;que Nationale de France.</p><p>Hachette UK said there was nothing to add to the French release. In September 2009, Hachette UK was one of 10 Hachette Livre companies to object to the revised Google Settlement. That Settlement is still before Judge Denny Chin in New York.</p><p>Google said it had no plans currently to replicate the deal across borders. &quot;At the moment this is limited to France, but we are always talking to our publisher partners around the globe about possible collaborations.&quot; </p>