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American Booksellers Association and Google Announce Partnership

From Today’s Publishers’ Weekly:

ABA COO Len Vlahos and Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for Google announced “that both groups will partner on digital books starting with the official launch of Google Editions this summer.”

BookExpo America 2010: ABA to Partner with Google
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““Think of us as Ingram. We’re wholesaling that digital book and providing that book to you,” explained Turvey, who anticipates having 400,000 books—trade, STM, and professional—at the launch. The books will be compatible with all e-readers except for Amazon’s Kindle and can be read offline using Google Gear, which allows for caching in the browser. Currently ABA offers e-books on the IndieBound.com Web site through Ingram and will continue to do so. The Google arrangement is not exclusive.

Google will not be selling print titles, but its system will support print books bundled with the digital edition. Further down the line, Google and ABA will allow bookstores to geo-affiliate so that bookstores will share in the sale when a customer downloads a Google digital book in the store. “Strategically, I think that puts you in the mix,” said Turvey.

Although some booksellers, like Powell’s, have long been using Google’s book search capabilities, ABA’s IndieBound will offer it as well. Vlahos announced the site will soon offer a more seamless shopping experience across formats thanks to the ABA board’s recent decision to substantially upgrade the site.”

Read more in the PW article.

What will this and more Google Editions partnerships mean for libraries. Should libraries partner here? Cooperate? Compete?

It starts anew in June 2010.

Stephen

Posted on: May 26, 2010, 4:51 pm Category: Uncategorized

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