Google Readies E-Book Store Opening
Google doesn’t have its own e-reading device and that might
be one of the strengths of its planned Google Editions e-book store.
"Google is going to turn every internet space that talks about a book
into a place where you can buy that book," Dominique Raccah, publisher
and owner of Sourcebooks Inc., told The Wall Street Journal. "The
Google model is going to drive a lot of sales. We think they could get 20 percent
of the e-book market very fast."
Consumers will be able to buy books directly
from Google or independent retailers and add them to an online library that
they can access through any device connected to the internet. All they need
beyond that is a Google account. Millions of books will be available for free.
Some small book retailers see Google as a means to get in
on the e-reading business.
"If I don’t change with what is going on, I am going to be behind," Liz
Murphy, owner of the Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson, Ohio, told the Journal. "People
are getting e-books but they aren’t getting them from me."
Discussion Question: What will Google Editions mean for the e-book retailing
- Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture – The Wall Street Journal
- Google Editions: Divide and Conquer – TechCrunch
- Google Editions: Can the Google e-book platform compete with Amazon? – The
Christian Science Monitor
- Five reasons why the Google ‘Editions’ Bookstore matters – Fortune