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Google eBook store to open in UK next year

Google Editions to offer free and paid for eBooks

Google's long-awaited eBook store is set to launch in the UK next year.

According to Google's product management director, Scott Dougall, Google Editions, will open its doors in the US before the end of this year, with an international launch following in the first quarter of 2011.

Dougall told The Wall Street Journal: "Because of the complexity of this project, we didn't want to come out with something that wasn't thorough".

It was initially thought Google Editions would open this summer. However, the eBook store failed to meet that deadline.

Google's eBook store is being marketed by the search engine as a 'read anywhere' service that will allow web users to purchase eBook from Google itself, as well as other e-tailers, and then download them to an online library connected to their Google account. This Library will be accessible from any device with a web browser including laptops, tablets, netbooks and even smartphones.

The search engine has signed deals with a number of major publishing houses and is expected to offer thousands of titles, some of which will be free and others will be paid for. However, it's unknown which retailers have been lined up to offer the eBoks and the percentage of the revenue Google will take.

The search engine has also offered no explanation as to how the service will work on Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle eBook reader, as both devices have their own eBook stores.

Google said it would stock the majority of titles currently are available in other eBook stores "at launch or shortly after" and prices would be similar to those in Amazon's Kindle store, which start from £1.96.

See also: Where to buy e-books or get them for free

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