Google has agreed a settlement with authors and publishers
This may well be the most important news of the year. there is so much to think through but the bones of it are this:
1) out-of-print books will be available on Google Book Search for preview, reading and purchase in the U.S
2) They are pretty much moving to an online access model for out of print and in print book that are in copyright
3) They are setting up a non-profit Book Rights Registry.
So much to think about here!
Thanks to Peter Brantley & Twitter for the Update!