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Old 03-29-2009, 04:30 AM   #1
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The Sunday Times:Google makes a grab for e-books

Interesting article in The Sunday Times:

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/...cle5987343.ece

Google has joined forces with Sony to take on the staid world of book publishing. The internet giant aims to make up to 7m books that it has scanned from the world’s libraries available for customers to download onto an electronic reading device, known as an e-reader.

The move has not only shaken traditional book publishers, but is a body- blow to Amazon, the online book retailer, which had hoped to corner the market for electronic books with its state-of-the-art e-reader, the Kindle 2.

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The British Booksellers Association also sees the writing on the wall. In a world where the likes of the Sony ebook reader has eventually replaced print, and Google has inevitably stretched its American rights register to encompass the rest of the world, the company would provide virtually the only route for authors to publish their work. “If this one-stop-shop direct-to-consumer approach of Google comes to Europe, it will surely result in a world that is culturally poorer for the consumer,” the association said.

But just as Google has shrugged off privacy concerns over Street View, its photographic city-mapping service, the juggernaut could again be unstoppable. We may all soon be reading g-books.

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Old 03-29-2009, 04:55 AM   #2
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Interesting article. What it doesn't make clear however, is that folk in the UK can't access the Sony ebook store and hence the Google epubs without lying.
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... but all the books are also available via books.google.com. Are you that bothered about having them in ePub format?
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What? daft article!

"Google has inevitably stretched its American rights register to encompass the rest of the world, the company would provide virtually the only route for authors to publish their work."

shows they really dont understand what they are writing about IMO as any authour can publish an ebook its one of the greatest parts of the ebook model!

And it also ignores the fact that Amazon as far as Im aware arent publishing any new books from actual currently working authors!
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And it also ignores the fact that Amazon as far as Im aware arent publishing any new books from actual currently working authors!
I think you mean "Google" rather than "Amazon", don't you?
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... but all the books are also available via books.google.com. Are you that bothered about having them in ePub format?
No, just think its misleading since the article seems to be aimed at people who don't know a lot about ebooks.
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No, just think its misleading since the article seems to be aimed at people who don't know a lot about ebooks.
You're expecting journalistic research and integrity from modern newspapers?!?
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Now, all that Amazon needs to do is strike up a deal to be able to use ePub on the Kindle and then all this is a mute point I think the true success of an eReader is its ability to display multiple formats...
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... but all the books are also available via books.google.com. Are you that bothered about having them in ePub format?
Books in ePub format looks more readable (without OCR errors) if compare with books in PDF format available on books.google.com website.

Google don't provide access to ePub books via books.google.com
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