On April 15, the Supreme Court declined to take up the Authors Guild v. Google case, bringing to an end the ongoing digital-age copyright battle. One reader heartily agreed with SCOTUS:
“The courts are right! As a biographer of a person who died 50 years ago, I have found Google Books immensely helpful—far more so than Wikipedia or Google’s main search engine—leading me to published sources that I would otherwise never have found. And when the quoted ‘snippets’ suggest that the book contains further useful information, I buy it....”—Tim Johnson
On Thursday, we reported Amazon’s latest expansion: into the education segment, by way of a deal struck with the New York City Department of Education. Through the agreement, Amazon will be selling e-books to New York City students through an internal marketplace. Amazon Kindle hardware is not part of the deal, and our readers are surprisingly in favor:
“Students have the choice of which reading device they wish to use, which makes this a fair-sounding deal at that level, although it will require kids to have e-readers of some kind, and the question is how affordable they will be for low-income families. The inexpensive ones are about $50, [Amazon’s] Fire, and there are probably others that are competitively priced.”—Joyce Dade
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