May 04 AT 4:41 PM Matt Demers 15 Comments

Google to launch digital books, for Android?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is launching its own digital book distribution network, similar to Amazon or Apple iBooks. The service, called Google Editions, looks to launch as early as late June or July, and will break into an extremely tough market.

It will be interesting to see how Editions plays with both Android and Google Books. With Android coming to a number of tablet-based computers in the next little while, would it be too far of a stretch to assume that Google will be featuring Editions prominently? Google has a vast book library already in its possession via Google Books, so hopefully this will serve as an advantage when it comes to bolstering their offerings to the public.

If we’re willing to speculate, it could also be surmised that Google would need a platform to sell these books on; they could easily just make an app and put it on the marketplace, or if they wanted to be ambitious, they could make a desktop client similar to iTunes. A single program for purchasing apps and syncing media would solve many of the decentralization problems Android’s marketplace currently faces.

I know a lot of Android users would enjoy that, as the closest thing we have to that right now is DoubleTwist, and even then its full functionality is only available for Mac OS’.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  1. RyanGuest 5 years ago

    DoubleTwist is the worst, imo. ISyncr is much faster and since it resides on the phone, you can use it to sync music from any PC with iTunes. FYI, I do not work for iSyncr…just love it.

  2. JonathanGuest 5 years ago

    I think it’s ridiculous that we’re still waiting for a Kindle app for Android.

  3. JaysonGuest 5 years ago

    It will really be a toss up for me on who can get their crap together and offer me a digital books at a good price.

    Been waiting for kindle, kobo, and now this all on my droid but only one is gonna get my full support as I dont want 3 different apps. Im getting really impatient so the first one out of the gate might get my moneys. (So many books I have been holding off buying at the thought of having them on my phone)

  4. BGuest 5 years ago

    I’d rather just have an actual book than any of these digital readers anyway.

  5. SteveGuest 5 years ago

    The Desktop Sync app idea is interesting … With Google’s new play friend Adobe, this could easily be achieved using AIR/Flex technology to create a versatile app fro a single code-base to run on PC/Mac, browser, and a whole bunch of handset OS’s. I’d love a digital book collection that I could manage from any device.

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    Here’s hoping they do better than Apple and actually launch this service outside North America :-)

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