Google Schmoogle

I was on the panel at a very interesting event last night, organised by Irish PEN, where I shared the stage with Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times), Clodagh Feehan (Mercier Press)¬†and Samantha Holman (ICLA). PEN is an author body and whole bunch of authors joined us to discuss the Google Book Settlement. This private settlement, agreed behind closed doors between Google and the AAP (Association of American Publishers) is amazingly far-reaching. Details of the settlement only became available in early January this year, and the last chance to opt-out is in three week’s time! I’ve been reading all the material on it that I could find and was still clear as mud about large portions of it — thanks largely to Samantha, I now (finally!) have a reasonable understanding of the settlement. Continue reading “Google Schmoogle”