Coming Soon: Google Editions

Access to digital content is about to get even easier.  It appears that Google is set to soon launch its e-book division.  Google Editions offers an alternative to the existing e-book market in that Google Editions is available through any internet-connected device.  Meaning, one needs only a web browser to access a Google Editions account, an account that does not rely on a specific device for access:

Google Editions hopes to upend the existing e-book market by offering an open, “read anywhere” model that is different from many competitors. Users will be able to buy books directly from Google or from multiple online retailers—including independent bookstores—and add them to an online library tied to a Google account. They will be able to access their Google accounts on most devices with a Web browser, including personal computers, smartphones and tablets.

This latest venture is especially welcome for small publishers and independent book sellers, many of which have been unable to afford entrance into the digital sphere.  For many, Google Editions may offer them a way to make their titles more widely available. 

More importantly, this is good news for readers everywhere.  In addition to the hundreds of thousands of titles Google is expected to make available for purchase, there are millions more that will be available for free.  Now all readers will be able to take advantage of digital content – regardless of whether they own an e-reader device or not.

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