“Google announced on Thursday that next year it’s launching an online e-book store called Google Editions where users will be able to buy digital books that can be read on a range of gadgets, including e-book readers, laptops, and cell phones. Press reports out of Germany, where it was announced, note that Google plans to offer up half a million e-books from the get-go. Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said, ‘The market leader, Amazon, built its position with a closed device, Kindle, which is limited to reading and buying eBooks. It will be interesting to see how well it stacks up against Google’s strategy of delivering e -book capabilities via the Web to any device that can connect to the Internet. This gives Google a vastly larger addressable market than what Amazon has built up with Kindle so far.'”
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Kindle, Google Edition?
Google is launching its own ebook service called Google Editions in what can only be a shot at Amazon’s market share. The ebook behemoth is already watching its back for signs that Walmart is heading their way and now they have a different competitor shouldering their way in. Google says that their books will be readable on ‘smartphones, netbooks and personal computers and laptops’, a big difference from Amazon’s Kindle. Expect to see a lot of the same legal wrangling that accompanied the creation of Google Books, for now you can read about the inception at Slashdot.