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Published:May 4th, 2010 18:04 EST
Coming This Summer:  Google eBooks

Coming This Summer: Google eBooks

By Tim Martin

Google will start selling eBooks this summer. No specific details have been released yet. Earlier numbers showed that Google planned to have 400,000 - 600,000 titles available. There has been a law suit between Google and publishers since last year because Google wanted to give publishers a sub-standard 63% of the revenue as well as allow readers to be able to print copies and the ability to copy-and-paste text.

The lawsuit is scheduled to be settled soon. Currently Google is only permitted to sell books where they have negotiated distribution rights with publishers and public-domain works. It would appear a deal is about to be reached if it hasn`t already since Google has announced they will be selling eBooks this summer.

So my question is, why? Right now there are already a handful of book readers and eBook file formats. Sony, Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble are some of the major names out there when it comes to eBook readers. What if I have my entire library of eBooks on the Nook already? I will not start buying Google Books if I can not read them on my Nook. Some people will disagree with me and say that competition is good for consumers to help with pricing and for a variety of different products. A few major competitors are fine, but when you start getting 4 or 5, then that`s when things can get confusing. What format works on what hardware and software, ect.......

Its kind of like instant messengers. You have AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, Myspace, Facebook, Google Chat, and more. Sure you have programs like Pidgin, Trillian, and Digsby that will integrate all of them into 1 piece of software, but you still have to create accounts in each system to be able to talk to your friends there. With all the different instant messengers I have noticed that all of my friends or contacts are spread out, and just not on 1 platform. If everyone only used 1 or 2 different ones, that wouldn`t be too confusing. Social Media is another example.

There is Myspace, Google Buzz, Facebook, and Twitter. Users are not as spread out though. Most users are on Facebook or Twitter. It seems that Google is always arriving at the party late and trying to take people back to their party. Google does plenty of things great, but needs to leave alone platforms that already have a handful of competitors and focus on areas where there is not a lot of competition so that competition could help improve pricing and variety of content where it is needed.

Tim Martin is a Technology Specialist, Follow him on Facebook at or on Twitter @tsmartin. For more of Tim`s news articles and tech radio show, visit Do you have a story that needs told? Let Tim know!