Google launching digital book store

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is set to launch its digital book store in late June or July. Google has been talking about entering the digital book world for quite some time now. The service will be called Google Editions and will make e-books available for all the books in their current book search catalog.

Google will allow retailers to sell Google Edition books on their own websites and keep a majority of the money earned. The service will work across all platforms and will allow Google to break into a market that is currently dominated by players such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and soon Apple. Gizmodo notes that Google's new service would be able to instantly launch with 400,000 to 600,000 titles. This would be make it the largest digital book distributor right off the bat.

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as someone who reads tons of textbooks and books in general i really don't understand online book stores.... i personally really need the paper in my hand to be able to read it. don't get me wrong half of what i know comes from wiki... but if it's supposed to be a book, i can't read it out of a pdf. i need the real thing.

i am not sure if this is the smartest move from google. i get the feeling they are trying to do too much these days and aren't really wowing us anymore.

I just checked out Google Books for the first time and it's really good. Found a few interesting books on philosophy, I'm a big fan of Google because even though they toss massive amounts of money at things the majority of their services doesn't cost the end user much. This coupled with an Android Tablet for easy reading would be so tight.

pickypg said,
Is there any business that Google does not want to go into?

I guess they figure if you keep shooting into the wind you'll eventually hit a duck...

Frazell Thomas said,

I guess they figure if you keep shooting into the wind you'll eventually hit a duck...

That's a good analogy.
As much as i like google, sometimes i think they have too many ongoing projects.
But as you said, it seems they shoot in all directions at once and wait the results to see which project worth keeping.

Good deal. Hope Google does well with this. And with the upcoming android tablets (hopefully soon), this will be a nice thing to have...and a ton of titles to choose from.

vice le von said,
Google has reached its prime and now treading water just like MS.

so the recent Andoid OS and all the stuff Google is doing in the phone market is treading water? ummmm, ok....

Imho, sure you can call android progress in the right direction, but is it original and creative innovation? Probably not. Google, just like MS, is just trying to get that piece of mobile pie that RIM and Apple is dominating. They both are sitting on mountains of cash, so what better use to of it but to put step their foot in a competitive market that is smartphone. The rate of innovation for both has slowed down in their exponential growth (what I meant by treading water). The only tour-de-force that is swimming circles I can see right now is FB. As much as many people hate FB here at neowin, it's hard to ignore the fact that FB is becoming the next Google. Just like Google had taken that pos from MS seven or eight years ago. Of all competitors, Google is probably threaten by FB's Open Graph because it could potential take a deep cut into Google's core revenue--online advertising. Any website now can deliver effective and catered ads base on visitors' FB likes/dislikes records---and that is way way more effective than Google's Adsense.
So, just because Google, MS, Apple, and even HP are buying startups left and right and diving into all sectors of the economy, it doesn't mean they are all innovators(except Apple in certain cases like the iPhone). It's just mean that they have all become huge corporations that can afford to buy up other people's idea and not have to come up with their own to survive (including Android and ChromeOS, which are basically Linux flavors)

Edited by flexkeyboard, May 5 2010, 4:50am :

Imho, sure you can call android progress in the right direction, but is it original and creative innovation? Probably not. Google, just like MS, is just trying to get that piece of mobile pie that RIM and Apple is dominating.

Is that why Android is gaining marketshare extremely fast?


So, just because Google, MS, Apple, and even HP are buying startups left and right and diving into all sectors of the economy, it doesn't mean they are all innovators(except Apple in certain cases like the iPhone). It's just mean that they have all become huge corporations that can afford to buy up other people's idea and not have to come up with their own to survive (including Android and ChromeOS, which are basically Linux flavors)

Lol. Yup Apple is the only company that innovates right? Let's forget it was MS that invented the SmartPhone, it was MS that invented the Tablet PC, it was Google can invented their search engine. Let's also forget about all the things that come out of Microsoft Research or Google Labs.

vice le von said,
Google has reached its prime and now treading water just like MS.

Uh?


They just entered the mobile market. After announcing plans to enter the netbook market.

Edited by Northgrove, May 5 2010, 7:38am :

vice le von said,
Imho, sure you can call android progress in the right direction, but is it original and creative innovation? Probably not.

Sure it is. It's bringing the only real competitor to the App Store, and much more open. People are ordering lots of Android phones where I live now, and it's because Google has found a very interesting place to be in the mobile market: much like Apple's idea, but more open. Apple is dominating, of course, they've been around for a much longer time, but have you checked the Android sales lately before your "treading water" comment?

Edited by Northgrove, May 5 2010, 7:49am :

vice le von said,
Imho, sure you can call android progress in the right direction, but is it original and creative innovation? Probably not. Google, just like MS, is just trying to get that piece of mobile pie that RIM and Apple is dominating.

Who is saying it is innovative? This was an article on a new service from Google. And innovation hasnt happened by any major company in a while...yes, even Apple.

And Android is rapidly growing. Just because something dominates today, doesnt meant it will tomorrow.