Google Editions To Launch In U.S. This Year

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google “is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture Google Editions.”

Google said earlier this year that Google Editions would launch by the end of summer, but has since been delayed. The WSJ piece attributes the delay to technical and legal hurdles. Scott Dougall, a Google product management director told the WSJ that it is now set to launch in the U.S. by the end of the year and internationally in the first quarter of next year.

The WSJ has more: “In recent weeks, independent booksellers, which are expected to play a big role in Google Editions, began receiving contracts from their trade group. Several publishers said they were exchanging files with Google—a sign that it is close to launch, publishers say.”

Google Editions is designed to have an open model in which readers can access content from various retailers, including independent bookstores, and read it within their Google account. Like eReader applications from other major eBook retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple’s iBookstore, the platform will work on computers, tablets and smartphones.

This launch might be something to keep in mind if you are shopping for an eReader this holiday season.

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