According to Techcrunch, Google has decided to charge users to access the full text of some of the books they have indexed, which will doubtlessly add one more layer of complexity to authors who want to ensure they get paid for what they write.

More importantly, it moves Google one step closer to becoming the iTunes of books.  With them potentially stepping into the crowded cell phone market in the next year, an ebook reader would be the natural next step.
Techcrunch also points out that Google is now allowing people to embed parts of public domain texts in websites, just as people can embed YouTube videos or Google Maps.

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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