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December 1, 2010

Google Editions to Be Released This Month

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google will launch this month Google Editions, the service that will allow users to read copyrighted books from Google Book Search.
The long-delayed venture — Google executives had said they hoped to launch this summer — recently has cleared several technical and legal hurdles, people close to the company say. It is set to debut in the U.S. by the end of the year and internationally in the first quarter of next year, said Scott Dougall, a Google product management director. (...)

Google Editions hopes to upend the existing e-book market by offering an open, "read anywhere" model that is different from many competitors. Users will be able to buy books directly from Google or from multiple online retailers — including independent bookstores — and add them to an online library tied to a Google account. They will be able to access their Google accounts on most devices with a Web browser, including personal computers, smartphones and tablets.

This will finally answer the question "How can I read an entire book in Google Book Search?". Right now, you can only read books in the public domain and some books from the Partner Program. "Many of the books in Google Books come from authors and publishers who participate in our Partner Program. For these books, our partners decide how much of the book is browsable - anywhere from a few sample pages to the whole book," explains Google. Google's partners will now have an incentive to allow full access to the books: users will actually pay to read the books.


  1. This is wonderful. I'd love to be able to read an entire book! Thank you, Google!

    - David

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  2. So can we presume that Google Books an Google Music will use the same library an the same user interface.

    So we have essentially a music an book locker where a user can read an play the files on any device.

  3. It is a great initiative. I think amazon should also launch this type of online reading facility for users.

    thanks for sharing

  4. Personally, i like to read books on my iphone. but my concern is can i read google books on my iphone.

  5. google ebook store is good decision by google.this will give more and more genuine ebook to the users..and can amazon compete with internet giant google

  6. this is great, so now we can all take advantage of this great 'Google Editions' .. woohoo



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