Google Launching Digital Book Store in Summer

May 4, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Google are still fixing up their deals with various authors and publishers, but they’re gearing up for the launch of their digital bookstore during this summer, which will initially offer titles that Google have acquired the rights for.

The service, which will be called Google Editions, will provide digital books on sale through a Web interface, and will open up somewhere during June or July, according to Chris Palma of Google, who currently manages the development of Google Books. The new website will hopefully open up a new channel for distribution for publishers, while also providing a new competitor on the market, alongside Amazon and Apple.

As we said earlier though, expect to only have access to books which Google have been clearly authorized to sell – until they’ve cleared their publishing agreements, the selection range may not be that broad. Still, it’s good to see the service nearing its release, as the market needs a good alternative to what we already have available, so here’s hoping this will turn out good.

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