I don’t have to link to the settlement stories. Besides, the only one that really matters comes from the Non-Suit Suits over at Pan Macmillan who are — just like Suits — on the ball when it comes to the dough:
[. . .] the settlement money will partially be used to fund an independent, not-for-profit Book Rights registry which will work towards ensuring authors and publishers receive the money they are owed under the agreement, and the revenue split between the rights holder and Google is set at 63-37 respectively, which is surely the right way round.
Emphasis added by me.
Unlike Amazon’s criminal split: 65 to Amazon and 35 to be fought over tooth-and-nail between dying dinosaur print publisher, writer, and writer’s agent (or simply given as chump change in one paltry coal lump to a writer who direct publishes).
I noted Google Book Search once before.
Then I noticed what it was doing to writers — and I stopped.
Now I can go back to linking to it, since it will mean money in the pockets of writers.
This is going to take some getting used to for me.
And all of this puts Google one more step closer to crushing Amazon’s eBook monopoly ambitions.