Google yesterday sealed a deal with Hachette Livre, the largest publisher in France, to reproduce out of print books on the Google eBookstore.
Google previously confronted legal representatives on its grand scheme to put online copyrighted books through Google eBooks and Google Books Search.
In December of last year, the Google eBooks program, formerly Google Editions, launched to consumers who wanted to browse and search Google’s massive online eBook library, which allowed eBook purchases through Google accounts, and gave users the ability to read their favorite titles on all Internet-enabled devices.
The U.S. Internet giant will release Hachette books in digital versions on year-end while launching Google eBooks’ French edition.
Meanwhile, French publishers Albin Michel, Flammarion and Gallimard have other things in mind, chasing suits against Google for allegedly scanning books without consent.
Google and Hachette Livre are trying to make an example for other publishers to follow.
Both companies already had an initial agreement last year, but clouded by a likely deal with major U.S. publishers that did not push through.