Google has been touting its Google Editions for the last couple of months. It could be any day now, that the online giant goes head to head with Apple and Amazon and releases its own browser based eBook store.
Pricing is still up in the air, according to a piece today in the Wall Street Journal. “Google is still deciding whether it will follow the model where publishers set the retail price or whether Google sets the price.”
Google has also been pushing the fact that its books will be readable across devices, which is cool considering that devices like the Kindle and Nook are tied to their respective retailers. However, the launch of the iPad has driven the launch of apps across devices and now it doesn’t feel so restricted. These days, you can read books from Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the iBookstore through apps on various devices. Still it will be interesting to see what Google brings to the party.
It could open things up for independent books store. From the WSJ, “It will also allow book retailers–even independent shops–to sell Google Editions on their own sites, giving partners the bulk of the revenue.”
We anxiously await what Google will bring.