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!
Source: Wall Street Journal