Google Driving Book Sales

The publishing world went ballistic with the lawsuits when Google started digitising their books and making them searchable online – then theory being that doing so would reduce the number of copies they would sell. However, some publishers are now speaking up to say that, on the contrary, having their material available in this way has actually increased the number of units they shift. The sweet smell of profit is sure to be an influence on other publishers realising that it’s better to move with the times than try to legislate against inevitable progress.