Google eBook Store Has Publisher Backing

Ryan Whitwam

Google's ebook plans have hit a snag or two , but now we're hearing reports that almost all US publishers are onboard with their upcoming Google Editions store. In all, approximately 25,000 authors and publishers have agreed to participate. The deal included many books with expired copyrights, bringing the total number of volumes to over 4 million.

The model expected to be used for Google Editions will be similar to the Apple iBooks version in which publishers set the price. It's likely that many books in Google's store will be available at very low cost. Tie-ins with specific devices were not disclosed. The service is expected to launch in late June or July.

There is hope that the entry of Google into the ebook space can keep other competitors like Amazon and Apple in check. Do they have a chance?

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