SHAREDBOOK ENLARGES GOOGLE BOOK SETTLEMENT DISCUSSION SITE
Amicus Briefs and Document Attachments Added, as Thousands Visit and many Begin the Commentary on this Increasingly Relevant Topic.
NEW YORK – June 11, 2009 – SharedBook Inc., the custom publishing enabler, announces its Google Book Settlement Discussion site has added additional content for review and comment.
The Amicus Brief filed by the American Library Association is now available. This document, largely critical of the proposed settlement, is presented in its entirety. As well, the complete set of Attachments to the original Google Book Settlement is now presented as part of that document itself.
"Since launch only two weeks ago, our site has been viewed by thousands of individuals interested in this important matter, and our community platform now provides a home for centralized discussion," said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharedBook. "We have been very pleased at the reaction to date, as the conversation has begun in earnest. With public focus only increasing as the time for judgment grows near, we hope this will generate a vigorous and lively debate on the merits."
SharedBook's annotation platform at http://gbs.sharedbook.com allows comments and responsive statements to be posted in real-time, linking them directly to the Google Book Settlement and accompanying documents through online footnoting, while (unlike a wiki) always preserving the original documents in their original form. Access to the platform can be controlled according to a variety of criteria or opened to the public, as in this case. As a result, the Google Book Settlement site will be an informed and transparent analysis of key points of the settlement by its most concerned stakeholders, made available to anyone on the Web.
The platform also offers a compilation and print capability, allowing books to be created from the content with any combination of annotations, which appear in the book as footnotes. The company plans to make copies of the annotated debate document that results available as a custom book, at a minimal charge.
SharedBook invites all interested parties to be a part of history by joining in the discussion about the Google Book Settlement at http://gbs.sharedbook.com
SharedBook's Custom Publishing Platform allows customized and personalized books to be created dynamically and then displayed as flipbooks on the Web, downloaded as PDFs, or professionally printed. SharedBook specializes in integrating and publishing data from various sources through its own proprietary tools, which dramatically change the economics of book publishing. SharedBook's platform supports the traditional publisher's interest in personalization, and allows Web content providers to become publishers. SharedBook partners include Allrecipes.com, Blog2print.com, Bloomsbury, CaringBridge, CBS College Sports, DK Publishing, FuneralNet, Hachette Filipacci, HarperCollins Publishers, Legacy.com, The Officer Down Memorial Page, Penguin USA, Random House Inc., Regnery Publishing, SOHO Publishing, Sterling Publishing, Thomas Nelson Publishing, among others. For more information, please go to www.sharedbook.com or http://blog.sharedbook.com.
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