Google is going to offer a new service called “Google Editions” according to the Wall Street Journal. This service will be available to the public in the end of July and it will be the online bookstore of Google. The users will be able to access electronic versions/copies of books through their web browser. This way of offering the books is different than the model Amazon and Apple follow, who enable the users to download the books. The books available through the Google’s bookstore will be free of any DRM (digital rights management) issues while the non-availability for the users to download the books to their computers/devices eliminates many other DRM problems Google would have to deal with.
It is also expected a different business/cost model by Google compared to its competitors for its bookstore because of the special characteristics of the new service. Dan Clancy, Engineering Director for Google Book Search, has also stated to The New Yorker that the editors will probably be able to put the cost for their books at the Google’s bookstore.
In the meantime, Google has still issues with editors and writers in the US related with its Google Book Search service.