In the Works: Google Book Store

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Danny Sullivan has the scoop on Google's latest venture: allowing publishers to sell books online via Google Book Search.

The experiment will allow publishers to sell access to their books online, something Google hinted was coming back in November and January. Publishers set a price, then consumers can buy and read the book online. At the moment, the program supposedly will not allow copies of the book to be saved to a computer or pages to be printed ("copy pages") to be made.

Buying books through Google is not available yet, says Sullivan, but Google has begun setting up publishers.

This is different and unrelated to the Google Library Project, which involved scanning copyrighted works. Danny makes this crystal clear (caps his):

GOOGLE IS NOT SELLING BOOKS THAT IT HAS SCANNED FROM THE COMPLETELY SEPARATE GOOGLE LIBRARY PROGRAM.

Sorry Amazon, hope the mp3 and digital download ventures work out for you....

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If Google doesn't require an exclusive so publishers can still retail their electronic copies or books elsewhere, this is very very good for authors and consumers. It'll totally heat up the market competitively and likely give consumers more choice from books that may never have been published.

If they lock in the publishers/authors somehow, this is very very bad.

Publishers set a price,

Publishers set a price, then consumers can buy and read the book online. At the moment, the program supposedly will not allow copies of the book to be saved to a computer or pages to be printed ("copy pages") to be made

Hasn't this model already been before before with eBooks, and correspondingly failed to hook into the mainstream?

And that's despite that people were at least able to print copies from those, seeing as people generally hate reading lit on a screen.

So far, on the information given, this sounds like a really niche project, rather than something that going to deliver anything the masses will find useful.

Well I think you have to

Well I think you have to look at the scale of Google's brand and the fact that they can sell an unlimited variety of content types, all while making hosting free and delivering lots of targeted leads at little to no cost.

Cost of change

Versus reason to change. G will have to go quite a ways to get people that buy books at Amazon or B&N to leave. They may need to reassess. Just because one can enter a market doesn't mean that one should.

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