Google Editions still due in 'late June or July'

<p>Google has confirmed it is on track to launch its &quot;buy anywhere, read anywhere&quot; e-book system this summer, with the launch time-tabled for &quot;late June or July&quot;, as first reported at last year&#39;s Frankfurt Book Fair. </p><p>The <a href=" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a> reports that Chris Palma, manager for strategic-partner development, confirmed the date for the launch of Google Editions on Tuesday (4th May) at a publishing- industry panel in New York.</p><p>However, the report added little else to that already in the public domain. As reported in <em>The Bookseller</em> last autumn, the system is designed to allow <a href="../news/99964-google-plans-buy-anywhere-read-anywhere-offer.html" target="_blank">users to change device while reading as the content is saved in a &quot;cloud library&quot;. </a></p><p>Users can buy e-books directly from Google, or from third party retailer or publisher websites - distinguishing it from existing players such as Apple and Amazon, which restrict the purchase of e-books to one store.</p><p>When announced at Frankfurt Book Fair last year, the company had originally planned to have rolled out the offering &quot;by the end of June&quot; simultaneously in the US, UK and Europe. </p>