Choosing Up Sides to Hate or Love the Google Books Deal

Athenaeum for Hot Type

Joey Pulone for The Chronicle

The library in the Athenaeum at Goucher College.

As the early-September deadline neared to file comments about the proposed Google Books settlement, I watched the headlines roll out like an executioner's drumbeat for the deal Google has struck with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers over its book-digitization project: "Google Books Opposition Pours In at Deadline" (CNET, September 8). "11th-Hour Filings Oppose Google's Book Settlement" (The New York Times, September 8).

Outside the United States,