RUMOR: Google’s Response to eBooks ‘Editions’, Coming Before the End of Year

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is finalizing and releasing their eBook service later this month in the U.S. They are planning an international release in Q1 2011 as well. The service will take advantage of Google’s universe by allowing to tie all of the user’s book purchases to their personal Google account. This will allow the reading of purchased books on the web, with their smartphone, tablet, Mac or PC. This model is tagged as “read everywhere” by WSJ.

They are also reporting that, “Google has signed deals with many major book publishers, and is expected to offer hundreds of thousands of titles for purchase, and millions more for free.

Sound exciting doesn’t it? With established markets in the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook, do you think Google has what it takes to snag a piece of the pie?  What about how this might pertain to Android tablets?

  • Hugh You

    Interesting. I’ve been planning on buying a Kindle, but Amazons clear lack of love for anyone outside the US/UK is quite obvious. Also the total lock-in with their bookstore is one of the big downsides of the the Kindle. If Google can pull off a working eBook store, and _if_ there will be 3rd party eBook readers (with eInk and whatnot) that can access that store directly, they’ll be getting my money for sure.

  • hazydave

    It’s interesting… but the devil IS in the details.

    Amazon has been fairly proactive at support of other devices, as long as they’re not eBook readers: Android, iPhone, Windows, MacOS, Blackberry, etc.

    The real problem I have with eBooks is that I’m asked to give up freedoms for ease of use. I can buy an eBook and carry a whole library, but it’s up to the provider to decide where (eg, on what devices, in what countries to an extent) I can read the book. I can’t really lend it in any useful way, much less sell it used.

    I know they need to protect against piracy, and I have no problem with that. I just think I know what a book is, and in making it electronic, I don’t want to give up that specific model.

    Maybe the ease of use will win me over, once I have my ideal eBook reading device (it runs Android, it’s easily readable on the beach). Until then, I’m sticking with the freebies on my Droid, and not yet buying into anyone’s eBook infrastructure. So Google still has a chance with me, if they implement a better eBook model.

  • Dennis Weston

    Google’s approach is to let you only have the right to read, not possess the book you buy.
    You can read if you have internet available.

    You do not have any storage options to read when you are traveling in your car, camping, in flight, on a cruise, during power outages, or where ever you must incure high internet access fees.

    I think if that is the option the value of their books, tanks.

    If I purchase a book I need to have it where and when I want to read.