Google Editions: E-book service live by end of year

It seems as though Google is set to give Amazon and Barnes & Noble a run for their money in the e-books market with news that e-books are finally coming to Google.

The project has been delayed several times but Google Editions is now due to go live by the end of the year in the U.S. followed in January by an international launch. The online bookstore will provide millions of books free but users will also be able to download copies to e-readers, computers and phones at a default price of 80% of the print edition’s lowest price, according to the Los Angeles Times, sourced from the Wall Street Journal.

It will also be possible for users to purchase books from other online retailers and then transfer them to a Google account- linked digital library. It will be interesting to see how Barnes & Noble and also Amazon respond to the competition as up until now both companies had been the main players in the e-books market.

For more on this go to latimes.com. Will you be heading to Google Editions? We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on the new e-book service so why not send us your comments.