Today the rumored Google Editions, the new ebooks service from the search giant, was revealed as Google eBooks, along with their eBookstore. The basic idea is to provide everyone books they can purchase that are available in a format that allows them to be read on the web, on devices, anywhere they are, as a simple web page. As of now they have around 4,000 publishing partners and are offering the service in the US only, although they also offer their free ebooks worldwide as part of the greater Google Books project. They are said to be working on around 35,000 publishing partners worldwide for their launch in other markets. Major publishers will get 70% of the list price, while others will keep 52%. Many of the bought books use DRM, or copy protection, and can be viewed on devices supporting ACS4, which includes the Nook but not the Amazon Kindle. If you use their online web reader platform, all your ebooks will be stored on the cloud, and remember your current page wherever you go, as explained in the colorful video above.
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Google Editions is an initiative Google has been working on for a while now, their own e-book venture that aims to compete with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others. Word is now making the rounds that t's set to launch by the end of the year in the US. As Google describes it, one of the main features that sets it apart from competitors is the fact that the books sold through this service will be open, available through a web browser, and thus readable on any device that can connect to the Internet. They also plan to have native applications so people can access the e-books offline. Finally, referrals will be available, in order to create an ecosystem between Google and publishers of all types. The company will obviously need to create deals with those various publishers, but that is said to be well on its way. Prices are not known yet, but they should be equivalent to other stores.
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According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal Google Editions—Google’s attempt to elbow its way into the ebook market—will launch sometime this summer. When it does become available, Google Editions will launch with some 400,000 to 600,000 titles available. When you compare this to the 330,000 titles available on Amazon.com for Kindle supporting devices, it is clear that Google means to be a major player in the ebook market right from jumpstreet. With Google Editions, not only will people be able to buy books via multiple devices—including the iPad—using Google’s book search service, but independent shops will also be able to sell Google Editions copies of books via their own personal websites. With the availability of titles coming directly from their search engine, and not from a typical store-based website, Google is betting heavily on its massive web-presence to make Google Editions the standard of the ebook market. Cry ‘havoc’ and let slip the (ebook) dogs of war!
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