So it is very interesting to read about Google's ebook deal with France and how their is an exclusivity clause similar to the one iBooks Author had to get rid of after an uproar and legal questions arose to its validity. French law is very different, and Google seems to have better legal counsel than Apple, so it seems likely that French writers will have only one channel for sales: Google.
As I have constantly argued, this is not about hardware or software, but rather control of content and access to that content. Google is attempting to cut Amazon and Apple off at the pass, and it seems to be working. Which reminds me of Ursula Le Guin's letter of resignation from the Author's Guild,
"You have sold us down the river."
It is difficult to imagine that digitization could affect the overall quality of the Arts- other than to increase the amount of bad art, but one hopes that the good art will come to the top. We can certainly hope there will be room for the good writers. Is this an open door for libraries?