Reuters gives autumn release date for Google Editions

Reuters gives autumn release date for Google Editions

<p>A report on Reuters indicates that Google Editions, the search engine&#39;s online platform for e-books, will not now launch until the autumn. The last word on the date from Google was that the platform would launch in the summer in &quot;late June or July&quot;.<br /><br />In a piece published on Tuesday (17th August), ostensibly about the deal signed earlier this year by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) that would allow its members to sell e-books via the Google Editions platform, the news source reports that the e-books platform was now &quot;due to launch this fall&quot;. Though Google does not talk directly about the timing of the launch, the piece quotes Jeannie Hornung, spokeswoman for Google Books and News. She tells Reuters: &quot;Google Editions will serve as an e-bookstore, an e-book wholesaler, an e-book discovery platform and an e-book storage system in the cloud. We anticipate Google Editions will be a popular channel for independent bookstores with a web presence.&quot;<br /><br />On its own website Google notes that the launch will take place in 2010, but does not specifiy a specific month. It states: &quot;With the launch of Google Editions in 2010, you as the rightsholder will be able to choose to sell full access to your books directly to consumers. We&#39;re planning to sell these Google Editions in the near future through the Google Books site, as well as through retailer partners.&quot;</p>