AAP Chair Urges Authors to Join Google Settlement


By Jason Boog Comment

aaplogo.jpgAs the September 4 deadline nears for authors to opt out of the Google Books settlement, the chairman of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) urged authors not to resist the settlement.

Yesterday BayNewser covered a special webinar about the Google Books settlement, getting the thoughts of industry leaders about the impending deadline. Earlier this year, federal judge Denny Chin granted four-month extension in the Google and the Authors Guild settlement, but the fate of the case still is unclear until the deadline.

Here’s a quote from AAP Chairman Richard Sarnoff, from the report: “Unless there’s someone who’s anxious to sue Google on the same basis we sued Google and pursue that to some sort of result for their books … it makes far more sense to essentially do nothing, which means you’re part of the class, and then to decide how if at all you want your books to be displayed via this Google facility.”