Google and Sony Share E-Book Plan (

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Source: New York Times

With Amazon's Kindle taking a lot of the E-Book spotlight for themselves lately, internet giant Google and Sony have announced a deal to to make a half million copyright-free books available for its Reader device so they can recapture the crown for the most digital titles in an e-book library. Since 2004, Google has scanned about seven million books from major university and research library collections. For now, however, Google can make full digital copies available only of books whose copyrights have expired.

The books available to Reader owners were written before 1923 and include classics like “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” by Mark Twain, and “The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin, as well as harder-to-find titles like “The Letters of Jane Austen.”

“We have focused our efforts on offering an open platform and making it easy to find as much content as possible, and our partnership with Google is another step in that direction,” said Steve Haber, president of the digital reading business division of Sony Electronics. “We would love to continue working with Google to see how we can get more content for Reader owners.”

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal.