According to The Wall Street Journal, Google will begin in early summer to offer "Google Editions" of books discovered through its book-search service. It will also allow book retailers to sell Google Editions on their own sites, taking the bulk of the revenue. Google has yet to release details about pricing and which publishers are expected to participate.
Chris Palma, Google's manager for strategic-partner development, announced the timetable at a panel on Google's plans sponsored by the Book Industry Study Group in New York. The event, held at Random House's Manhattan offices, was entitled: "The Book on Google: Is the Future of Publishing in the Cloud?"
The move pits Google against Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. who have already entered the eBook market in a big way.