Publishers negotiating for 'new world order' with Google

<p>Publishers in the US are in the midst of negotiations with Google over entering the internet giant&#39;s &quot;buy anywhere, read anywhere&quot; programme, the launch of which appears to have been pushed back slightly. </p><p>A Google spokesperson told <em>The Bookseller</em> that the widespread reports of a launch in &quot;late June or July&quot; - already later than the announcement made at Frankfurt that it would be up and running &quot;by June&quot; - was not set in stone. The company was talking to &quot;all our publishing partners&quot;, he added. </p><p>OUP&#39;s vice president of global business development Evan Schittman said the delay came despite general positivity among publishers for the programme. &quot;There is a lot of work there,&quot; he told <em>The Bookseller.</em> &quot;It&#39;s not a simple contract because it&#39;s not a simple programme - but as a consumer it offers a lot, and as a publisher we want to get there.&quot; </p><p>He added: &quot;A lot of publishers are not only in the middle of negotiations with Google, but also with Apple and Amazon - this is the new world order... Having two parties balance each other is OK, but having three makes for a much more dynamic market place.&quot;</p><p>In recent months, several publishers have locked horns with Amazon over terms, as they moved to adopt an agency model, to allow sales through Apple&#39;s prioprietary iBookstore. Of the big five, only Random House has not adopted the model, and is currently selling e-books on the iPad through third parties such as the Kindle App. </p>