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Google Set to Launch Online E-book Store

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Google is set to release its online e-book store, Google Editions, later this year. Unlike the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBookstore, digital books in Google Editions will not be tied to a specific device so that readers will be able to access books in the device with a different approach from what most are currently used to.

Perhaps, the edge that Google will have over its rivals is in its vast selection of materials. The organisation currently has a collection of over 12 million e-books, both in-print and out-of-print. Furthermore, there is the prospect of a fierce battle between the current players in the electronic books market, such as Amazon and Apple. This is as a result of the plan to make digital books from Google Editions readable on any Web enabled device such as mobile phones, notebooks, tablets, laptops and desktop computers instead of being tied to a single device.

Although Google is yet to reveal how much it will charge users to access the e-books in Google Editions, this announcement will definitely cause a huge stir in the market particularly Amazon, which currently holds about 90% share of e-books business today. However, whatever the result of the looming competition, it is the readers who might benefit most from it. In addition, there could be an increase in sales as more people could become interested in e-books and start buying.

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  2. Mobile Games

    May 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Google always does some different in every product which makes it smarter then its competitors. I think its a good idea to make books platform independent, it will be an advantage.

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    May 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Google is going to take the market away from all competitors, when Google launch the online E-book Store of his own.

  4. thelowestbidauction

    May 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Wow, Now that suprised me as i really never had an outlook on the subject like that.

  5. Forest Centola

    June 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks Funny enough, I actually had this on my mind a few days ago

  6. Online Book Store

    July 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm


    Excellent,That is really a fantastic surprised.this is very nice article.Thanks for all the useful information

    Thanks Again!

  7. heidi

    November 16, 2010 at 5:02 am

    I hope this will make the competition tighter which I think will benefit us since they will be reducing the charges (I hope)…

  8. Darin Cunningham

    July 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    This is an entirely new ecosystem, that allows retailers and affiliates, and publishers become part of the e-book selling process for the very first time. Google will likely have thousands of booksellers and web marketers on behalf of its service. Is this a smart move on Google’s end? Yes indeed.

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