Google Play to expand e-book offering to 13 new countries

Google Play to expand e-book offering to 13 new countries

Google Play is soon to make e-books available in 13 more countries around the world.

The company announced in error on its website that the e-books were already on offer but then retracted the statement, saying “the launches are coming but not ready today.”

The new countries set to sell Google Play books are Paraguay, Norway, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Netherlands, Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Honduras, Colombia and Dominican Republic, bringing the total number of countries Google e-books are now sold in to 45.

Despite its global offering, Google e-books still account for a relatively low proportion of sales in developed digital media markets such as the US and UK.

A Hachette investors’ report has revealed Google e-books only account for a fraction of the publishers’ sales in both countries.  http://www.thebookseller.com/news/hachette-reveals-amazon-digital-sales-...