Google to Launch Digital Books in June or July

The Wall Street Journal is reporting:

Google Inc. will begin selling digital books in late June or July, a company representative said Tuesday, jumping into battle that already involves Inc., Apple Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc.

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?"

Google has been discussing its vision for distributing books online for more than a year.

The company is hoping to distinguish itself from incumbents like Amazon by allowing users to access books from a broad range of sites using multiple devices.

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