Authors Line Up to Support Google Book Settlement

September 9, 2009. Authors who support the Google Book Settlement as a way to provide greater access to their books and make additional money from those works need to do nothing to be a party to it and enjoy its benefits. Still, many have decided to make their support known. Here’s a list of Authors Guild members who have taken a public position in support of the settlement.

Roy Blount, Jr.
Amy Tan
Simon Winchester
Wally Lamb
Dave Barry
Garrison Keillor
Gail Carson Levine
James Shapiro
Arthur Golden
Ann Banks
George Cooper
Mary Pope Osborne
Barbara Nevins Taylor
Beverly Cleary
Seymour Simon
Scott Turow
Victor Navasky
Peter Straub
James Gleick
Susan Cheever
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Rebecca Wells
Kathleen Sharp
Katherine Neville
Jennifer Egan
Peg Tyre
Jean Strouse
Mike Lupica
Judy Blume
Sarah Vowell
Douglas Preston
Elmore Leonard
Warren Adler
Peter Gethers
Nick Taylor
Peter Petre
Rachel Vail
Pat Cummings
Michele Mitchell
Roxana Robinson
James Duffy
Shay Youngblood
Stephen Manes
Jonathan Weiner
Stuart Woods

The Google Book Settlement would make millions of out-of-print books available to readers again. The agreement opens new markets, and that’s a good thing for readers and authors.  It offers to make millions upon millions of out-of-print books available for free online viewing at 16,500 public library buildings and more than 4,000 colleges and universities, and that’s a great thing for readers, students and scholars. These authors, like many others, appreciate the benefits of the Google Book Settlement and strongly believe that it should be approved.

For more information, please visit the Authors Guild’s settlement resources page.

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