Google Bringing Books to a Device Near You

Company says it will be retailing digital books by July

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Getty Images
    Google plans to start selling electronic books as early as June.

    By June or July, Google will launch Google Editions, a new marketplace for electronic books, according to a Google executive speaking at a publishing industry event in New York.

    The company plans to work with both publishers and retailers, and the electronic editions would be available on any device with a Web browser.

    The move comes on the heels of Apple's announcement of a marketplace for electronic books that was announced alongside the launch of the iPad.

    For Lease, Two Words That Bring Down the Mood

    [BAY] For Lease, Two  Words That Bring Down the Mood
    Silicon Valley has been world famous for decades. And, like other worldwide icons (Columbus, Madonna, Tiger Woods), the Valley has been both loved and hated over the years.

    Amazon is also a major player in the space, tying its electronic book retail operation to its Kindle reading device.

    Finally, book retailer Barnes and Noble launched its Nook e-reader earlier this year, and says sales have been brisk.

    Gulf Oil Spill Gets "Googled"

    [BAY] Gulf Oil Spill Gets "Googled"
    From NBC Bay Area's Rob Mayeda - As winds begin nudging the surface oil spill closer to the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coastlines, the first major effort to contain the flow of oil into the Gulf is now underway. A 100-ton containment chamber was being transported out to the Gulf with hopes of lowering down to the surface near where the main spill is taking place on Thursday.Google's Earth: Crisis Response website has compiled a set of interesting resources monitoring both the progress of the oil spill, recovery efforts and local impacts. The site is continuously updated and can be accessed here: Google Crisis Response: http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/oilspill/

    The Google Editions offering also dovetails with the company's book search service, and could ultimately mean users who find a book on line could instantly purchase a copy to read on line.

    However, the book search service has proven controversial, as Google is currently awaiting a ruling on a settlement between the company and the Author's Guild of America, which sued over Google's indiscriminate scanning of printed titles.

    Jackson West wonders if Apple will block a Google Editions app for the iPad and iPhone, and is fairly certain Amazon won't let Google-brand e-books on the Kindle.