Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Google eBooks Hits a New Milestone with Indie Bookstores

It looks like Google eBooks are catching on with indie booksellers. On Monday, May 23, 2011, Google announced via this blog post that there are now 250 independent bookstores selling their digital books. This marks a healthy increase considering the indie store count was just over 100 about six months ago when Google launched their ebook program.

According to the American Booksellers Association, Google eBooks are indie store friendly! This article from IndieBound discusses Google’s “new form of cloud-based digital book that allows readers to access their libraries on almost any device from one single repository, regardless of where the ebook was purchased.” This “open and accessible platform” has spurred a partnership between the American Booksellers Association and Google eBooks.

“Because Google eBooks work with myriad devices — tablets, smartphones, computers, even most e-ink devices — consumers are free to shop from a variety of retailers rather than being bound to one retailer. This opens up a wealth of indie recommendations and bestsellers to avid ebook readers.”

Are you testing the eBook waters? We would love to hear about your experience on the eFrontier!

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