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Friday, 20 August 2010

Google eBooks delayed

A Reuters story on the resurgence of U.S. independent bookstores contains an interesting piece of news: Google Editions, an e-book service that will compete head on with Apple’s iBookstore and Amazon, won’t launch until the fall. The service was originally scheduled to launch this summer, with Google hinting that it would appear sometime in June or July.

The [American Booksellers Association] has reached a deal with Google Editions – Google’s digital bookstore, due to launch this fall – that would allow its 14,000 members to sell Google’s eBooks through their websites.
So far, Google itself has revealed few details about the service. However, the aforementioned partnership with the ABA is giving indies hope that they will soon gain a foothold in the realm of e-book sales.

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