Google Editions eBook Store, launching in 2010

At Frankfurt Book Fair, Google revealed to launch an online store “Google Editions,” to sell electronic books to any device with a Web browser. Google says the store’ll launch in the first half of 2010 with initially offering about half a million ebooks in partnership with publishers with whom it already cooperates, where they’ve digital rights. Readers’ll be able to […]

At Frankfurt Book Fair, Google revealed to launch an online store “Google Editions,” to sell electronic books to any device with a Web browser. Google says the store’ll launch in the first half of 2010 with initially offering about half a million ebooks in partnership with publishers with whom it already cooperates, where they’ve digital rights. Readers’ll be able to buy e-books either from Google directly or from other online stores such as Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com. Google will host the e-books and make them searchable. Google Editions will allow Google to make money for the first time out of one of its book ventures -- which also include a controversial project to scan and index tens of millions of books through partnerships with libraries. Google also ruled out making the device itself. "We're not focused on a dedicated e-reader or device of any kind," Tom Turvey, Google's director of strategic partnerships, told.