12.03.2008

Mentally Incontinent on Google Books (if they'll quit screwing with me)

My first book, Mentally Incontinent, was on Google Books 100% for free for two years. Then, for whatever reason, my login as the owner of This Is Not Art! Productions wouldn't let me in, and hasn't since they merged all Google Services into one Google Login.

This wasn't really a big deal, until I decided to do a new revision to fix some more bugs and typos (and change some names, since apparently I didn't do a good enough job the first time). So I had Google Books remove the old copy, and decided I'd upload the revision under my already-created-and-working-just-fine login that I use for gmail and gtalk and everything else Google.

I did this three weeks ago. The book has been in 'pending' status all this time, until today, when Google sent me this email:

Subject: Notification about Google Books Partner Program Account
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:12:49 -0800 (PST)
From: Google Book Search
To: my gmail

Hello,

Thank you for entering book information in your Google Books Partner Program
account. This program is designed for legal copyright owners who would like to
make their books discoverable on Google Book Search.

We use a number of automated and manual checks to determine whether our partners
are the legal copyright holders of books they've submitted for inclusion. During
our review we were unable to confirm whether you are the current copyright
holder for the titles below. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are
conservative in our review process to ensure that we only display books
submitted by authorized copyright holders.

Mentally Incontinent (ISBN:0977418405)

If you are the legal copyright holder for the above book(s), or are authorized
by the copyright holder, please let us know so that we can include this material
on Google Book Search. In order to verify that you control these rights, follow
the steps outlined here:
http://books.google.com/support/partner/bin/answer.py?answer=39012&hl=en_US

Please note that until you have verified your copyright ownership, we will not
be able to include these books in the Google Book Search Partner Program. We
appreciate your assistance as we try to make sure that each book we display is
submitted by its proper copyright holder.

Sincerely,
The Google Book Search Team


My name on the account is Joe Peacock.

My name on the book is Joe Peacock.

On the 2nd page in the book, you will see a notation that reads "Copyright © 2008 Joe Peacock."

I DO NOT GET WHAT THE HELL IS SO HARD ABOUT THAT.

I mean, I appreciate that Google Books has to cover their own buttocks - that's fine. But come on.

Anyway, the book will be back on Google Books and 100% free just as soon as Google Books unfucks themselves. In the meantime, there's a new story posted today, which hasn't happened in 4 months. Go read it and let me know what you think!