googlebooks_logoIf you haven’t been keeping up with the GoogleBooks settlement too closely recently, Jason Kucsma’s METRO DigiTech Newsletter article entitled “Resources: Making Sense of the Google Books Settlement” offers a nice “roundup” of the issues and last-minute filings that led to a Department of Justice request to postpone the settlement, and to the subsequent cancellation of the “fairness” hearing, originally scheduled for  last week. 

 In the meantime, two recent additions to the spectrum of opinions on whether Google will be the “answer” to digital preservation, and whether it is up to the task of keeping well-meant promises:   Wired‘s Dennis Crothers discusses “Google’s Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles” — hits and misses from an earlier GoogleGroups project designed to preserve the UseNet archive, and  a NYTimes op-ed piece by Sergey Brin (Google co-founder and technology president) touting that Google’s project will be a “A Library to Last Forever