Google and French Publisher La Martiniere Reach Ebook Detente

Plus: The best of the 2011 New Yorker festival events

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Today in the book world: Google and La Martiniere strike a deal, the 2011 New Yorker festival slowly begins to take shape, and some dirt cheap ebooks worth your time.

  • Google and French publishing house La Martiniere ended a five year legal standoff after reaching a deal outlining the parameters for the types of copyrighted material the Internet giant can scan. The Bookseller reports that under the terms of the deal, the two sides will "draw up a catalogue including both the titles already scanned in partnership with American libraries and those to be covered by the latest deal" with La Martiniere then deciding "which titles will be withdrawn and which will be scanned." They can then "sell the scanned books through the Google e-books platform on a revenue-sharing basis, with the publisher earning the undisclosed majority share." If that seems like an overly generous agreement on Google's part, consider that just a few thousand titles will be involved, and that a French court ruled against them in 2008, handing down "a court order for €300,000 in damages, and €10,000 for each day that the contested titles remained in Google’s database." There's still no word yet if the French publishers' association and French writers society, which joined La Martiniere in filing the suit, were also going to drop their claim.  [The Bookseller]
  • The New Yorker isn't unveiling its full list of participants and events for the 2011 New Yorker Festival until September 5, but based on the drip-drop of details provided by Arts Beat and The New York Observer, we'd mark our calendars well in advance for:  Independence Day director Roland Emmerich's screening of his Shakespeare authorship conspiracy thriller Anonymous, Malcolm Gladwell's presentation on "the virtues of obnoxiousness," Atul Gawande presentation "on sports coaches and operation rooms," David Remnick's segment with Jonathan Franzen, and the Calvin Trillin-led "tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown." [Arts Beat and The New York Observer]
  • NBC is developing a half-hour comedy series based on Caprice Crane's 2006 debut novel Stupid and Contagious. Crane is doing the adaptation herself, which is reasonable, since she's written episodes of the CW's Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place reboots.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's about "young, quirky neighbors Heaven and Brady, who don't get along at first but navigate through the trials of life as twentysomethings" in New York City. As with most new shows about quirky twentysomethings, it sounds like casting is going to be key. Back in 2006, New Line optioned the film rights to Crane's then-unpublished second novel, Forget About It. [The Hollywood Reporter and Variety]
  • Brooklyn bookstore WORD has been selling Google ebook editions of twenty Harper Perennial titles for 99 cents apiece all month, but the deal is ending next Thursday. With a stormy weekend in the offing for, now would be an ideal time to stock up. We see six titles (Teddy Wayne's Kapitoil, Neal Pollak's Stretch, Jessica Anya Blau's The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, Rachel Shuykert's Everything is Going to Be Great, n+1's Diary of a Very Bad Year, and Ben Greenman's Celebrity Chekhov) that are better finds than anything we ever saw in a Borders remainder bin. [WORD]
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