However, Google now faces a new
challenge, not from the book industry, but from its online
competitors, who claim the deal is illegal and will create a
monopoly. Newly partnered
Microsoft and Yahoo joined with Amazon as new members of the Open
Book Alliance, an Internet Archive initiative.
The group hopes
to fight the legality of Google's settlement with the publishers.
Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle, "Google is trying to
monopolize the library system. If this deal goes ahead, they're
making a real shot at being 'the' library and the only library."
group looks to push the U.S. federal courts to approve a New York
class action lawsuit against Google. They also hope to drive
ahead a US Department of Justice investigation into the impact of the
Some authors don't think the relationship with Google is
unhealthy. Michelle Richmond, author of the New York Times
best seller The Year of Fog, states, "The thing I keep hearing
from authors is 'I don't know what this settlement really means'. But
this is the brave new world and we don't really know where it is
going. Most authors work for so little and start from the point
of we are doing this for the love it. But when there is this company
that has nothing to do with the creation of the book or its
publication, I think a lot of authors are concerned about this being
a portal to greater access to their work without compensation for
Even if Google can overcome antitrust scrutiny,
numerous issues persist, such as privacy. The ACLU of Northern
California and Electronic Frontier Foundation recently urged Google
a better job keeping users' reading history private.