I hope none of the other ladies get mad at me and I may be the only voice of decent, but I welcome google putting up previews of my books. I wouldn't mind if google put up all of my books in their entirety. In fact, if you go to my website you can read all of one of my earlier works - SHOW DOG - from beginning to end. I hope to be able to get up the rest of my books (with my publisher's permission of course - Random House already said "yes.") This is a time consuming process so heck, if someone else wants to do it for me then more power to them!
Why is this that I don't mind? Because I consider it free advertising. Who the heck would buy one of my books without being able to read it first? If you go into a bookstore you would read it or at least flip through it and with the new flood of online sales I don't want to miss an opportunity because the buyer is in doubt because he/she didn't see my book at the bookstore and can only look at the cover.
Do I think I should get royalties on my books that google puts up? No. Who on earth would sit in front of their computer to have story hour with their child? And I don't get royalties when someone checks out my books from the library either and I consider it the same sort of thing.
HOWEVER - I am talking about picture books. Adults and/or teens may very well try to sit down and read part of a novel... and if they're crazy maybe the whole thing... on their computer. There are already devices to do this! So if I were a novelist and I found out that more than a chapter of my book was on google then I would want some royalties. I still think a chapter or two of a novel can only help a novelist and I think that it's rare to find a whole book on google but those few authors who discover that their whole book is up there should get what they deserve. As a picture book author I'm not going to put myself in the same class. If Libby's book, for example, does end up on google then yeah, I'd urge her to get some cash out of the deal. That's why I’m glad she posted and why she's going through the process to fill out the necessary forms in the event that google does scan her book. I, however, will not bother. I only wish that google would make my art look not so crappy! Blah. They did a bad scan job.