Google Seeks a Deal on China Book Scans

Google Inc. (GOOG) sought to calm anger in China over its book-scanning project, saying it aims to work out a new agreement with Chinese writers for the rights to publish their books in its digital library.

In a letter to the Chinese Writers Association, Erik Hartmann, head of Google Books in Asia, acknowledged that the company’s communication with Chinese writers was “not good enough” and said Google is negotiating with the China Written Works Copyright Society to create a new plan for authors and publishers to participate in Google Books.

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