Much of the discussion around Google's proposed book settlement has centered on copyright law and competition, but advocates for greater access to books online finally had their say as well, CNET reports. A coalition of civil-rights and disability groups in favor of Google's book-scanning project held a press conference on Sept. 3 to marshal support for improving access to knowledge, the key benefit of Google's deal with authors and publishers to create a new kind of digital library. They fear that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain digital access to knowledge previously stored in libraries at expensive universities or rich communities...

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