Google to give competitors access to online books

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Google Inc. (GOOG) will give its competitors access to the out-of-print books it is making available online through its Google Books platform, the company’s chief legal officer told members of Congress Thursday.

“Google will host the digital books online, and retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore will be able to sell access to users on any Internet-connected device they choose,” David Drummond, Google’s top lawyer, said in a statement that was released during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

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