The WSJ has published a story confirming what we thought would happen with Google Books. This summer Google will open Google Editions. Google Editions is a E Reader content portal for optaining content for any mobile device.
It has been reported that any of the content on Google Editions will be available for all mobile devices. So take that Apple.
With the announcement of the Android Tablet it looks like the next step with Android OS Movement will be tablets. The industry is still very young and has tons of room for growth. Android developers are hard at work developing Apps for Tablets.
Google books has been years in the making. The search giant took many hits for trying to steal copyrighted content under the premise of trying to index all the world books. The paid off many publishing companies and developed way that authors and publishers can be paid for their content.
The online sales effort is separate from Google's fight to win rights to distribute millions of out-of-print books through its digital book settlement with authors and publishers. U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin is expected to rule in that case soon
Here's some of the WSJ article.
"Google says users will be able to buy digital copies of books they discover through its book-search service. It will also allow book retailers—even independent shops—to sell Google Editions on their own sites, giving partners the bulk of the revenue.
The company would have copies on its servers for works it strikes agreements to sell. Google is still deciding whether it will follow the model where publishers set the retail price or whether Google sets the price.
While Mr. Palma didn't go into details, users of Google Editions would be able to read books from a web browser—meaning that the type of e-reader device wouldn't matter. The company also could build software to optimize reading on certain devices like an iPhone or iPad but hasn't announced any specific plans. " Wall St Journal Source Link