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Authors Line Up to Support Google Book Settlement

September 9, 2009. Authors who support the Google Book Settlement as a way to provide greater access to their books and make additional money from those works need to do nothing to be a party to it and enjoy its benefits. Still, many have decided to make their support known. Here’s a list of Authors Guild members who have taken a public position in support of the settlement.

Roy Blount, Jr.

Amy Tan

Simon Winchester

Wally Lamb

Dave Barry

Garrison Keillor

Gail Carson Levine

James Shapiro

Arthur Golden

Ann Banks

George Cooper

Mary Pope Osborne

Barbara Nevins Taylor

Beverly Cleary

Seymour Simon

Scott Turow

Victor Navasky

Peter Straub

James Gleick

Susan Cheever

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Rebecca Wells

Kathleen Sharp

Katherine Neville

Jennifer Egan

Peg Tyre

Jean Strouse

Mike Lupica

Judy Blume

Sarah Vowell

Douglas Preston

Elmore Leonard

Warren Adler

Peter Gethers

Nick Taylor

Peter Petre

Rachel Vail

Pat Cummings

Michele Mitchell

Roxana Robinson

James Duffy

Shay Youngblood

Stephen Manes

Jonathan Weiner

Stuart Woods

The Google Book Settlement would make millions of out-of-print books available to readers again. The agreement opens new markets, and that’s a good thing for readers and authors.  It offers to make millions upon millions of out-of-print books available for free online viewing at 16,500 public library buildings and more than 4,000 colleges and universities, and that’s a great thing for readers, students and scholars. These authors, like many others, appreciate the benefits of the Google Book Settlement and strongly believe that it should be approved.

For more information, please visit the Authors Guild’s settlement resources page.