Before turning over last week's Association of American Publishers annual meeting to the featured speakers, Richard Sarnoff, AAP chairman and executive v-p of Random House, said that while the death of the book has been heralded for decades, the only things that can truly kill it are the loss of freedom of expression and a decline in copyright protection. The AAP is here, Sarnoff said, to ensure that neither of those possibilities occurs. The association, it was noted, has already spent several million dollars in its copyright lawsuit against Google's library scanning project. For complete coverage of the meeting, go to