GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s E-Books Store Will Start Off With Around 500,000 Titles
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is slowly rolling out details about its forthcoming online e-books store, which it is calling Google Editions. At the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany this week, the company said that the storeÃ¢â‚¬â€which will compete with AmazonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rival offeringÃ¢â‚¬â€will launch in June 2010, according to Reuters and Bookseller.com reports. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a change from June, when GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tom Turvey told publishers that the company would launch the store by the end of 2009. Unclear why thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a delay, especically considering that Turvey was particulary emphatic in announcing the date back then, saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This time we mean it.Ã¢â‚¬Â (WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve asked Google for clarification).
Some other new details about the effort, from the reports:
Ã¢â‚¬â€Google Editions will start off with 500,000 titles. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more than AmazonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kindle, which claims to have Ã¢â‚¬Å“more than 350,000 books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs available.Ã¢â‚¬Â The numbers, however, might not be comparable since Google could be counting the copyright-expired texts that it is already making available on some e-readers.
Ã¢â‚¬â€Also unlike the Kindle, Google is emphasizing that Google Editions will be device-agnostic, meaning that the titles will be readable on any device with a browser. Users will also be able to access the texts they have purchased when theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not connected to the internet via a cached version.
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