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Google Editions e-book store could launch by June

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(Read caption) Google Editions, a new e-book store from Google, could launch as soon as June. Google Editions will likely be a cloud-based service.

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Google Editions, the new e-book store from Google, will likely launch sometime this summer, Google reps announced today at an industry event called "The Book on Google: Is the Future of Publishing in the Cloud?" According to the Wall Street Journal, Google Editions could launch as soon as June, putting Google in a battle with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple, which recently unveiled its own e-books initiative for the iPad.

Unlike e-books from Amazon, which can be downloaded to Kindle format, Google Editions will be a browser based service. You'll be able to access cached version of your purchases offline, or through an app, but true to its roots, Google will keep your digital bookshelf stored in the cloud. This set-up has its perks. For one, consumers won't have to worry about pesky DRM issues – Google Editions will work with your iPad, your HTC Droid Incredible, or your laptop.


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