Google has now announced that it is entering the crowded ebook market and, best of all, the books will be readable on almost any desktop computer, laptop computer, or most any mobile gadget that features a full Web browser. Books will be purchased directly from Google and also from retailers who will keep the majority of the money earned. The new service will be called Google Editions.
NOTE: Today's announcement of the new Google Editions is not related to Google Books, a service that has been scanning out-of-print books in libraries. The new Google Editions will only sell books obtained directly from publishers.Analysts at the Yankee Group have predicted that the US ebook reader market is "about to catch fire sparking from $1.3 billion in revenue in 2010 to $2.5 billion by 2013". Now other industry watchers have said Google Editions will boost those figures further still.
At this stage Google has not revealed how much it will charge users to access digital books through Google Editions.
Chris Palma, Google's manager for strategic-partner development, said at a publishing event today Google expects to launch Google Editions as early as late June or July, according to the Wall Street Journal.