Archive

Posts Tagged ‘google’

Google Editions could mean e-books everywhere

May 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Books on your browser? Some people already read books online without a dedicated e-reader. But Google’s reportedly imminent entry into the e-books world could make the practice much more common.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google will be launching its e-bookstore as early as June. The e-books customers purchase can be read on a good old Web browser — no fancy iPad, Kindle, Nook or (Sony) Reader needed.

I can imagine how this might be exciting to avid readers. Because many people have Net access almost everywhere they go, Google Edition customers would never need to lament that they wished they had brought a book with them. They could finish those last few pages of a really good book during a break at work, or on their smartphone as they stand in a long line for a latte.

Read more…

Another rewrite urged for Google books deal

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

We live in interesting times. Less than 20 years ago, I worked in newsrooms in which there was one computer dedicated to accessing the Internet, if at all. When you stop and think about it, it’s hard not to marvel at all the information that’s available to us today. The Internet continues to force us to think about reading and writing and information in new ways. And grapple with tough questions.

Google, which has scanned millions of books and aims to create a massive online library/bookstore, has again run into a roadblock. The Justice Department said Thursday that the new proposal, borne out of Google’s 2008 settlement with a group of authors and publishers, still would effectively give the Silicon Valley company a monopoly over out-of-print books. Justice’s position could affect a federal judge’s ruling, scheduled for Feb. 18.

The quick summary: Proponents of Google’s books project say it would benefit the public good. Read more…

E-readers, chapter 2

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

A few points to follow up on after the release of the iPad:

  • Where does the Nook, Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader, fit into the iPad vs. Kindle fight? The Nook came out late last year, but few people got their hands on one because of shipping delays. Many people who ordered didn’t get them in time for the holidays. In fact, from what I can tell, some customers probably didn’t get their Nooks till a couple of weeks ago. That’s not enough time for the Nook to gain traction, although with B&N’s huge library of titles — and the fact that people are supposed to be able to try them out at the bookstores (I intend to) — it could. Early reviews seemed mostly favorable, with the Nook scoring some points over the Kindle, but many reviewers still give Amazon’s device an edge. Now the iPad is likely to take some potential Nook buyers away.

Read more…