Google opened its own eBook store this week, taking on Amazon’s Kindle and going head-to-head in the digital market.
Google has worked out a deal with approximately 4000 publishers that allows the media giant to carry many of their recently released books in the new store.
Those publishing deals will ensure that most of the current best sellers are among the 3 million e-books initially available in Google’s store, said Amanda Edmonds, who oversaw the company’s partnerships. Millions more out-of-print titles will appear in Google’s store, called eBooks, if the company can gain federal court approval of a proposed class-action settlement with U.S. publishers and authors.
The eBook store touts that it has made it easier to sync up your reading devices, from smart phone to notepad–and pointedly not including the Amazon Kindle in the list–so that if you start the book on your computer, you’ll be able to pick up exactly where you left off if you move to your iPhone.
Google eBooks also has listings of free classics, not unlike Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore.
Electronic books are expected to generate nearly $1 billion in U.S. sales this year and climb to $1.7 billion by 2012 as more people buy electronic readers and computer tablets such as the iPad, according to Forrester Research. The research group expects a total of 15 million e-readers and tablets to have been sold in the U.S. by the end of the year.
Google believes it’s already offering the broadest selection of digital titles in the world, and it plans to keep adding to the inventory if it can gain the necessary copyright clearances. The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., believes it eventually will be able to make electronic copies of the estimated 130 million books in the world. It’s also planning to start selling books outside the U.S. next year.
Looking for an ereader that will be compatible with Google’s eBookstore–Google has an app that can be downloaded to your devices as well as the iPhone or Android smart phone. You can find the compatible ereaders locally. Apple’s store, located in the Fayette Mall on Nicholasville Road, sells the iPhone and the iPad. Barnes & Noble offers their Nook reader through the store in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center. And you can also read on Sony’s eReader which is available through Target, also in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center and carries all of the above ereaders, including the Kindle.
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