It may not be a marriage made in heaven. But Google and the publishing industry can at least say they have buried the hatchet on a dispute over the Internet portal's book search program.
The two sides have settled a three-year spat over a plan by Google to provide a way for people to search through the text of millions of out-of-print books.
The Google Print Library Project will feature snippets from copyrighted books. Google says the project is a chance for books, many of them already in the public domain, to get additional exposure. But the Authors Guild filed a class-action suit in 2005, calling the effort "massive copyright infringement." Then a year later, publishers sued over the project.
An official with the Authors guild says the Google agreement could be seen as "the biggest book deal in publishing history."