Google Vows To Open Ebook Service By Year's End

Taking on the Amazon's dominance in ebook domain, Google has revealed its plans to kick off a digital bookstore for selling ebooks by the end of this year.

Incidentally, the search giant already enables users to look for and read extracts from books through its contentious Book Search service, which also offers links to some of the prominent online book stores, including Amazon and Waterstone's, where book enthusiasts can purchase the electronic as well as print versions of their favourite titles.

Although Google plans to add itself to the list of online book stores, but unlike Amazon, it will enable users to access its ebooks on a variety of devices, including an ebook reader, a mobile handset, or a PC.

Furthermore, it has been reported that the search giant will let publishers to set prices of ebooks at their own. This is perhaps in line with The New York Times report claiming that Amazon has left many publishers infuriated by selling ebooks at lower price.

Google notified that it is intending to have its digital bookstore up and running by the end of this year; although, the company has announced similar plans earlier, but Google's director of strategic partnerships Tom Turvey affirmed the plans by saying, “This time we mean it”.

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Our Comments

An Ebook store would be the first step towards the Googlezon-ification of the search engine giant. One can expect Google to ramp up the production of paid-for services as it looks to pad things up on the Android platform. Ebooks could become one of the many killer apps for the platform. Expect more to come in the next few months.

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