Authors Guild to Amazon: publishers can't give

posted by Jason Kottke Oct 26, 2003

Authors Guild to Amazon: publishers can't give permission for full text search of books.

Reader comments

JenOct 27, 2003 at 11:20AM

I was wondering about that, because it almost seemed like publishers might want that, if it would increase the chances of their books being bought.

Anyway, Slate is very excited about the full text search. "Best search idea since Google!"

BrianOct 29, 2003 at 12:10PM

Why don't authors want their readers to be able to search their books?

Are they afraid that people will progressively search through a book so that they can read the whole thing online, for free?

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.