Article from the BBC
Google is set to launch its own online e-book store in 2010.
Google Editions books will not be tied to a specific device, unlike rival e-book company Amazon.
"It is a different approach to what most readers today have and the vision is to be able to access books in a device agnostic way," said Google spokesperson Gabriel Sticker.
To date Google has scanned over 12 million books, both in-print and out-of-print, giving it a greater selection of material than either Apple or Amazon.
With books accessed through Google Editions readable on any web enabled device
from a mobile phone to a netbook and from a tablet to a desktop, the implications are clear for e-book stores tied to a single device.