French Publisher Sues Google Over Digi-Book Project

French publisher La Martiniere, which owns publishers Le Seuil in France, Delachaux and Niestle in Switzerland and Harry N. Abrams in the United States, has launched a suit against Google France and its parent company in the U.S. over its plans to digitize millions of books for online reading.

Google’s project has raised a lot of objections, but, now that iTunes and YouTube and MySpace have enabled file sharing over an ever-widening platform, it’s hard to see how Google is really at fault. If they abandon their digitizing project, the books will crop up elsewhere on the Web.

Publishers would be better to embrace the technology themselves the way that the music industry has, and create their own version of iTunes to market their content.

Or, hell, partner with ’em.

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