Google takes on Amazon with book downloads | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Google takes on Amazon with book downloads | Technology | guardian.co.uk.

Google Editions could work with ebook devices such as the Sony Reader. Photograph: Martin Argles

It already dominates the world of internet search and has plans to open the biggest digital library ever seen – but Google today took another step towards becoming the planet’s most powerful information provider by announcing its plan to sell books online.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair, the publishing world’s biggest gathering of the year, the Californian company said it was preparing to launch Google Editions – a new scheme that will allow it to sell electronic copies of books over the web.

Editions is set to launch in the first half of 2010, potentially giving readers in America and Europe access to around half a million titles including best-sellers and back catalogue books……… click to read more…….

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