Via Telegraph.co.uk, a judge has set November 9 of this year to be the deadline for Google books deal.
Google is having to renegotiate a previous deal it struck with publishing companies last October, because the US government ruled that it violated antitrust laws.
The original agreement, between Google and the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers, was a response to a class-action lawsuit in which Google was accused of copyright infringement after it started scanning books from university libraries.
Lawyers representing US authors and publishing groups said they fully expected to have a new deal in place with Google by the Nov 9 deadline set by Judge Denny Chin. Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild, said that he expected the core agreement "to stay the same".