http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-ever-happened-to-google-books From the article: "Unfortunately, Google made the mistake it often makes, which is to assume that people will trust it just because it’s Google. For their part, authors and publishers, even if they did eventually settle, were difficult and conspiracy-minded, particularly when it came to weighing abstract and mainly worthless rights against the public’s interest in gaining access to obscure works." (emphasis mine) This whole thing seems to be showing authors to be petty and greedy when considering what has to be thought of as a grand vision of the future of words. It's true that I don't make my living from my writing (yet) but if/when I do, I hope I'm able to appreciate the scope of what Google is trying to do and cooperate to the extent that I can. My personal view has always been that a work's copyright should die with its creator. Ursula K. LeGuin is eighty-five, and the bulk of her work is behind her. Even if she hits the jackpot and lives to be one-hundred-and-five, would it kill her to risk twenty years of possible royalties on books written in the '60s and '70s in order to be a part of something this important?