It's a budding, profitable market in the tech world, so yeah, Google's jumping on the bandwagon. It is reportedly set to launch its own e-book shop as early as next month.
Google Editions will be coming out some time in late June or early July, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The digital store will allow users to buy e-books and then access them online.
Yeah, the books can only be read when users are online and have access to a Web version of the product. Google is, however, contemplating some sort of caching implementation that would provide offline access to the books as well.
With the Kindle, Nook, and iPad finally making e-books a realistic wave of the future, Google's entry makes total sense. And in typical Google fashion, it is a more open platform. Because it's Web-based, it's not tied to any single device or software program.
No pricing details have been announced or even speculated. Google is currently working on arranging a settlement with authors to provide the service. It already offers public-domain books in e-book format, so the new implementation would not be a huge investment for the company.
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