Google is getting ready to launch its online E-Book store, which is an extension of already present Google Books. According to WSJ, 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.
According to Google:
Google Editions will allow consumers to easily purchase and read digital editions of books. Consumers will be able to preview a book, as they do today in Google Books, and will also have the option to purchase its Google Edition. After purchase, the book will live in the consumer’s online bookshelf, available to be accessed and read on most devices with internet access and a web browser; as well as on supported partner devices (to be announced during our public launch).
We are expecting some Android powered e-Book readers to emerge as the partner devices as well as Google Editions application availability to work on all the Android tablets/smartphones.
United States will be the first country to get to use Google Editions, while the service will be availablein other countries next year.
Google is already running a Google Book partner program, which lets book publishers to make their books available on Google Books as well as upcoming Google Editions. While the nitty-grittes of the terms and condition as well as revenue sharing are still unknown, a sweet/sour deal for publishers will decide the future of this venture from Google.