Google Ebookstore coming to Australia soon(ish)

Jason Davis of Bookbee scored an exclusive interview with Mark Tanner, the new head of the Australian Google Ebookstore. Unfortunately, Mark couldn’t make any promises on when the GE would launch in Australia:

Even though I’ve had a play with the GE site (see how here), chances are that the question foremost on my mind was the same as the one on yours: “When?”

Unfortunately Mark has to follow the company line. “We’ve been very excited by the US launch of the Google Ebookstore – it went extremely well,” he said. “Within 24 hours we were the number one app in the Apple App Store. Not just in books though – overall. We are really happy with the response and there haven’t been any real glitches at our end. What Google does well is launch a Version 1.0 product and then iterate, and I think the public know that.”

I don’t think it will happen in the next 6 months. They’re just now getting someone on the ground in Australia. It’s going to take quite some time to sign up publishers and bookstore partners. In spite of what the WSJ reported, I don’t think this will launch in the next quarter.

via Bookbee

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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