Indie Bookstore Owners Excited About Google eBookstore

Indie bookstores are telling us that they are excited about the possibilities from the new Google eBookstore. The Google eBookstore launched this morning, giving indie bookstores the ability to sell eBooks.

Christine Onorati, owner of WORD, an indie bookstore in Brooklyn, told us that her store sold their first eBook in the first hour after Google’s launch. Onorati express enthusiasm about the new possibility: “We couldn’t be happier that we can throw our hats into the eBook ring through Google eBooks. Up until now we’ve had almost no options for servicing our customers who want to purchase e-Books, and now we have a real viable option for them, purchasable on our own e-commerce site. We’re thrilled, and we know many of our customers are also thrilled to be able to support us while buying their eBooks.”

Gayle Shanks, owner of Changing Hands Bookstore, an indie bookstore in Tempe, AZ, is also excited about the new venture. She said: “We’re very excited to be able to sell eBooks to our customers who want instant availability to thousands of titles.  We want our customers to be able to buy from us anywhere and at anytime, even if our physical store is closed.  And, it will enable us to offer an alternative to Amazon and their proprietary Kindle editions.  We know our tech savvy customers want to continue to support their local indie store and now they will be able to when they want an eBook rather than a hard copy.  It’s very exciting and a nice adjunct to our bricks and mortar storefront.”

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