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Google eBooks: E-Reading Takes To The Cloud

December 7, 2010

TechCrunch does a good job describing the new Google eBooks and how it’s going to work. Never a dull moment in cyber space, Google eBooks takes e-reading to the cloud.  As someone who uses an iPad and the Kindle reader for iPad and previously used a Kindle, I’m not sure how books will be stored, but look forward to seeing more options for e-readers in terms of devices and available books in the near future.

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  1. December 7, 2010 5:58 pm

    Gotta say, I think Google eBooks is yet another reason to pull any money you have out of Google stock before it takes a plummet. It’s another example of Google demonstrating that they’ve run out of fresh, innovative ways to make money.

    More here: http://blog.thebriz.org/2010/12/google-ebooks-more-reason-to-deinvest/

  2. December 7, 2010 8:02 pm

    Michael, do you think it’s possible Google is just trying to “get in” on the e-reader/digital books market…a sort of being all things to all people? Or, as you say, is this just an attempt by Google to look like they have a fresh idea when they have none?

  3. December 10, 2010 3:14 am

    I am certain that Google is trying to get in, but in this market, it’s not clear to me that the market size is increasing as fast as the competition. That means downward price pressure for everyone, resulting in greater competition and probably lower profits. Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble have hardware to sell with their ebooks; Google does not. This whole venture probably won’t cost Google much money; they may even make a small amount as they do with YouTube, but Google has yet to roll out the next big thing, something to help increase profits besides their AdWords platform.

    If Facebook releases ads, which I expect them to do, Google will be under real pressure to find another profit center. Ebooks won’t be it.

    http://blog.thebriz.org/2010/05/where-does-facebook-go-next/

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