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Google Editions E-books - The Ultimate Kindle And IPad Killer?

Is Google Editions the iPad killer? The Kindle slayer? Google Editions is a browser-based e-book platform that may have Apple and Amazon looking for no fax pay day loans. Earlier this week was announced the Google Editions launch date of late June or July. Google Editions, in contrast to Amazon and Apple, is a digital publishing service offering books that customers can read on any device and purchase from whoever wants to sell the books to them. Publishers are probably probably the most anxious about Google Editions e-books. Also as opposed to the Apple and Amazon business models, Google Editions will let the publishers name their own prices.

The Google Editions eBooks

At Random House’s New York offices by Christ Palma, Google’s strategic partner development manager, the Google Editions debut was announced. The Wall Street Journal suggests that Google Edition users could be able to read the Google Editions e-books they discover through Google's book-search. Google Editions may also allow book retailers — including local independent shops — sell Google Editions on their own sites and let them keep the majority of the money.

Google Editions and its launch date

The Google Editions launch date is emerging as a significant threat to the goals of Amazon and Apple to dominate e-publishing. For its Kindle device, Amazon currently has more than 500,000 titles available. You will find tens of thousands for the iPad and counting. Google has already digitized 12 million books, including out-of-print titles, a far greater selection than Amazon or Apple. iPad titles have to be purchased at Apple and Kindle at Amazon. Google Editions titles could be accessible everywhere, to be read on any device with a browser.

E-pub for Google Editions

The publishing world, including online and in real life, would be turned upside down by Google Editions e-pub in just a few months. In an article that was published within the New Yorker in April, Dan Clancy of Google Books said that in trying to dominate the market, Amazon and Apple were taking the wrong approach to business online. "It’s much more of an open ecosystem, where you find a way for bricks-and-mortar stores to participate in the future digital world of books," he said. "We’re quite comfortable having a diverse range of physical retailers, whereas most of the other players would like to have a less competitive space, because they’d like to dominate."

Amazon reality check

One of the biggest pros about Google Editions is that it lets publishers set the price of their books, and gives local bookstores a chance to compete with behemoths like Amazon, Apple and Barnes and Noble. Ill will is being caused in the publishing world because of the book pricing policy on Amazon. Amazon is actually losing money by selling e-books for a flat $ 9.99. Given that Amazon has 80-90 percent market share, the New Yorker reports they think they'll later be able to bend publishers to its will.

Will Google Editions kill the iPad?

Will Google Editions be the iPad killer? With the Google Editions launch date approaching, the Wall Street Journal reports that publishers have not officially agreed to participate, but most industry insiders think it’s an offer they can't refuse. Publishers need a lot more outlets to sell books. Even a bookstore on the corner will make money on millions of titles. You also don't have to purchase a Kindle or an iPad to read them. So why should you?

Article Resources

Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870386670457522423241793181...

New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/04/26/100426fa_fact_auletta

publishers set the price of their books

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10444878-93.html?tag=mncol;txt



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