Google To Pay Authors $60-to-$300 Per Scanned Title

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By Jason Boog

popup_logo2.gifIn an email yesterday, the Authors Guild disclosed the individual pay-outs that writers would receive from Google for scanning 7 million books: they will earn between $60 and $300 for each book scanned by the company.

Today Gawker posted a copy of the email. As GalleyCat reported, Google struck a $125 million settlement with the Authors Guild last year, which included $45 million for authors and publishers.

Gawker editorialized about the email: “The Authors Guild didn’t … explain how a purported $125 million settlement only includes $45 million in author and publisher payments; it offered instead a rosy summation of the lengthy settlement agreement. If authors had any doubts about the weak and declining economics of their profession, their guild’s crowing about such a paltry payout should put them to rest.”