Google Play in France adds books to its hub

July 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

At last, the Google Play with books has reached French shores that the uses in France can now buy books from the service.

According to the latest blog post in Google’s official European Public Policy blog, the search god has decided to add books to the entertainment hub of Google Play for the people of France.

The new announcement is no mean feat considering the back drop of a six year long legal battle that involved law suits from French authors and guilds of French publishers.

However, despite getting the launch of the service dragged for a while, the search god was able to strike a deal with different publishers association in France so that the obstacles in its way will be moved at last.

According to the information available, Google inked a deal with French Publishers Association and the Société des Gens de Lettres, which is a group of authors who have involved in the legal battle. As part of the deal, they have dropped the law suits which alleged Google of violating copyrights.

The framework agreement set up by the company now allows French publishers to give digital versions of the books they publish to Google which the search giant can sell through its Google Play Store.

The deal and the resulting launch makes France the fifth country in Europe to have books on Google Play, the other four being Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK.

Interestingly, the new deal Google struck with publishers also makes France the only country in which Google hold a book-scanning agreement even for out-of-print books under copyright period.

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