November 28, 2014

"Google Editions" E-Books, Coming to an Android Device Near You

Tuesday, Google announced plans to begin selling digital books starting this Summer.  Without a doubt, this move throws the Big G into a battle for e-book supremacy with Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble.   Interestingly, you just might be able to access the books anywhere on the web using just a browser. Pretty cool. For Android fans, this means you will eventually be able to view the books on your handset or netbook. Nice.

While specifics are stil scarce, users will be able to buy digital copies of books they discover through its book-search service. It will also allow book retailers to sell Google Editions on their own sites, giving booksellers a portion of the revenue. The Big G would retain master copies on its servers for works it strikes agreements to sell.

Right now, Google is still deciding whether to let publishers set the retail price or whether Google will gets to set the price.  Let’s hope we find out more specifics in the coming months.  Cost will be key.

Honestly, I wouldn’t be suprised at all to see Google make  an app for Google Editions and put it in the Android Market. I bet it would do great.

So, what do you think about reading e-books on an Android handset? Would the screen be too small? Let us know!



  • word2thewyz

    I'm already reading e-books on my motorola android through other apps, and it works just fine.

  • bjtheone

    At last count I had over 500 books from my digital library on my HTC Magic. It makes a great ebook reader and there are already a couple of very solid ereader apps available…. fbreader is my current favourite.

    I started out reading ebooks on my netbook. I switched over when I got the smartphone. Originally I was expecting the phone to be a stop gap until I found the dedicated ereader I liked, but found it works great and so far have not found any compelling reason to buy an dedicated ereader. With my next upgrade to a larger screen (Incredible or Streak) there will be absolutely no reason to consider another one trick device.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/anakin78z anakin78z

    I have a sneaking suspicion that this will show up as a webapp, which will be somewhat ho hum, but I'm guessing 3rd party readers will be able to hook into it, giving us a nicer experience.
    Just a suspicion.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jasonmmatthews Jason Matthews

    Ebooks are killing traditional publishing. Fantastic! Apple iPad and next up Google Editions will pour salt in the wounds. Reading is exploding whether online, on devices or even cell phones. As an Indie author and someone who teaches ebook selling, I'm applauding every move the big players make because it helps you, me and the world in general to be more literate at lowered costs.

    • Thomas

      Jason,

      You mention that you teach e-book selling … tell me more because I can see some new opening for niche prayers.

      Thomas

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jasonmmatthews Jason Matthews

        Hi Thomas. What I've learned as an author of two novels over the past years is that they can be marketed rather effectively as ebooks for free. I tried the "spending money" approach and then the free approach when I became broke, and fortunately the free stuff worked better. After mentoring other authors on this idea I eventually wrote a guide called How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks – All for FREE. It covers a range of topics for selling online (ebooks, but could be anything) that include maximizing Social Media, cover design, uploading to major retailers like Amazon and others, creating free blogs and websites, using Paypal buttons to sell from your own sites, writing articles, press releases, participating in forums and blogs and more.
        Tell me more about your projects, Thomas, and maybe I can offer some tailored advice. Plus there's a lot of free advice at my sites as examples.

  • http://www.r4icarte.fr/ acekard ds

    Great news, I think the future of ebooks will be interactivity and availability no one does this better than Google. Surely it will be succeed. This store will sell in-print books in addition to its archive of public domain titles. The best thing in this is it will be accessible to any device with a Web browser.

  • http://www.r4icarte.fr/ acekard ds

    Great news, I think the future of ebooks will be interactivity and availability no one does this better than Google. Surely it will be succeed. This store will sell in-print books in addition to its archive of public domain titles. The best thing in this is it will be accessible to any device with a Web browser.

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