Roger L. Simon

Yahoo versus Google - Book Division

In a move likely to please the Authors Guild (it pleases me as a writer) Yahoo has agreed that, unlike Google, it will get permission of the authors first before scanning their works and offering them free to the public. Yahoo, incidentally, is not working alone in this as Google is.

The founding members of the OCA include Yahoo, Adobe, the Internet Archive, the European Archive, Prelinger Archives, H-P Labs, the U.K.’s National Archives, O’Reilly Media Inc, the University of California and the University of Toronto.

That Yahoo is not alone strikes me as a positive. Even CNN is getting leery of cash-rich Google.