The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is speaking out against Google discontinuing the Google eBooks reseller program.
The response comes after the ABA learned that as of January 31, 2013, Google will no longer serve as an eBook whole seller for indies like IndieCommerce and Powell’s. The program will be discontinued in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Australia.
In a letter addressed to ABA members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote: “To say the least, we are very disappointed in Google’s decision, but it was not entirely unexpected. However, we have every confidence that, long before Google’s reseller program is discontinued, ABA will be able to offer IndieCommerce users a new alternative e-book product, or choice of products, that will not only replace Google eBooks as it currently works on IndieCommerce sites but that will be in many ways a better product.”