Google revealed it will launch an eBook selling service in the first half of next year. Dubbed Google Editions, the service will allow publishers to sell books to people using a broad array of devices, from cell phones to eReaders. The search giant has made partnerships with publishers and aims to launch the eBook store with about 500,000 eBooks up for sale.
Consumers will be able to purchase e-books directly from Google or from existing e-book stores such as Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Books sold through Google Editions will be hosted by Google, so they will be searchable in a web browser.
The store will launch with about 500,000 e-books through partnerships with publishers that have digital rights to the works they represent. Google so far has no plans to manufacturer a dedicated e-book reader that carries its brand name.