… fragt das ReadWriteWeb und kommt zu dem Schluß, dass Ja:
- Google is getting ready to enter the eBook market by providing publishers with an infrastructure for direct-to-consumer sales.
- Google already offers browser-based versions of Google Books for iPhone and Android users
- If Google could sell eBooks directly, it would stand to make a far larger profit.
- with Google Books, Google also holds its own kind of monopoly for books on the Internet. After all, Google Books already makes 1.5 million out-of-copyright books available for free.
- Publishers will probably be happy to see more competition for Amazon, which, at $9.99, is holding the price for eBooks artificially low by subsidizing the price. According to the Times, Google would allow publishers to charge whatever price they prefer.