The Google Library Project allows users to search and read books online. Google display 20 percent of the text in a search and allows consumers to purchase the entire book through its online storefront, Google Play. Authors, publishers and artists allege that the project amounts to massive copyright infringement, while Google maintains that its efforts are protected by fair use.
Google has faced several copyright infringement lawsuits challenging its digital book project. Last year, Google reached a settlement with the Association of American Publishers. Under the terms of the agreement, publishers can decide whether to grant permission for Google to digitize their copyrighted yet out-of-print books. If they assent, Google can add the books to its growing online library. Meanwhile, publishers will receive their own digital copy, which can then be sold online as an e-book.