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Google Launching EBook Store Before End of 2010

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Google is much more than a search engine these days. What with Google Maps, Gmail, Android and Chrome, among others, the Google Empire seems to be constantly growing. Well, apparently there's one more growth spurt scheduled for this year.

Google will launch its own ebook store before the year is out. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Google's Scott Dougall said that the much delayed store, originally expected to launch in the summer, will hit the U.S. before 2010 ticks over into 2011. An international version of the store is planned for Q1 2011.

The aim of Google Editions is to provide a more open "read anywhere" alternative that will allow users to purchase books from multiple online retailers—including independent bookstores—and add them to an online library tied to their Google account. Users can then access their Google library from a multitude of different devices.

The Wall Street Journal says Google is on a mission to reach all internet users, not just those with ereaders or tablets. The Journal says Google will even allow bloggers to suggest related content to readers via links to the store.

Though important details of Google Editions – such as revenue and which publishers have signed up to support the service – have yet to be confirmed, you can read more about Google's bookstore here.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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    amk09 , December 1, 2010 8:49 PM
    I've said it once and I'll say it again, Google is going to take over the world.
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    amk09 , December 1, 2010 8:49 PM
    I've said it once and I'll say it again, Google is going to take over the world.
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    Zooman580 , December 1, 2010 9:19 PM
    ^ Very very true
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    hikayu , December 1, 2010 9:19 PM
    next stop : Groceries . google food , launching somewhere in 2011 .
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    icepick314 , December 1, 2010 10:47 PM
    amk09I've said it once and I'll say it again, Google is going to take over the world.


    I only need to worry when they change their server farm to Skynet....
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    noblerabbit , December 2, 2010 2:13 PM
    amk09I've said it once and I'll say it again, Google is going to take over the world.

    Correction: Has already taken over loong time agoo...

    But I am happy with the Google Overlords, they are friendly, encouraging, and NOT in your face.(book). As expensive as Microsoft is, I still love them too, what's to hate about Win7 ! Nothing! Google and Microsoft forever. The rest can die. That includes Apples current regime. If Apple returns to the Motorola days of yore, then they can tag along once again.
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    Dirtman73 , December 2, 2010 2:20 PM
    This would be awesome if they weren't forcing us to tie everything we purchase to a Google account. And of course, they're going to attempt to copyright everything they get their greedy little hands on. Once again Google proves they are against open standards.

    Oh well, at least they're throwing their weight behind a universal e-book format. Screw Amazon and their proprietary bulls**t.
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    gm0n3y , December 2, 2010 4:25 PM
    noblerabbitCorrection: Has already taken over loong time agoo...But I am happy with the Google Overlords, they are friendly, encouraging, and NOT in your face.(book). As expensive as Microsoft is, I still love them too, what's to hate about Win7 ! Nothing! Google and Microsoft forever. The rest can die. That includes Apples current regime. If Apple returns to the Motorola days of yore, then they can tag along once again.

    Its kinda sad that most of us hated Microsoft for so long and now that other tech companies have come to the fore (Apple, Facebook, etc), we realize that maybe they weren't so bad after all.

    As for Google Books (gBooks?), I think this service sounds excellent. I've bought a dozen or so ebooks through various services and the services are all crap. The DRM is horrible, making it a pain to use the books at all. I've stripped off the DRM, but I want my books to all be stored in one convenient library online. A service that allows me to buy books from many different sources and still keep my library centralized sounds like just the thing I need. This will also help spur competition between the various stores selling the books. I'm hoping for more DRM free books to come out because of this.
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    himanshu05 , December 4, 2010 5:41 PM
    google ebook store is good decision by google.this will give more and more genuine ebook to the users..and can amazon compete with internet giant google .i had also similar article have a look
    http://www.frip.in/google-will-launch-e-book-store/
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