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Google eBookstore – Good or Bad for Authors?

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Google eBookstore – Good or Bad for Authors?

While I was catching up with my emails yesterday, I saw an advert flash up above them directing me to the Google eBookstore.

Out of curiosity I entered and perused the science fiction section, then the space opera subheading, looking for my own sci-fi space opera novel.

google bookstore 300x168 Poets and Writers Free Promotion eBook Book Publishing  Google eBookstore   Good or Bad for Authors?Of course, it wasn’t there. And yet when I typed in the novel’s title in the search engine, up it came. The interesting thing for me was that besides showing the title, its cover, my name, the ISBN numbers, my publisher’s name and the user ratings, the list of reviews Google have added, have been poached from Goodreads!

Google claim to have millions of ebooks available in their store, but do they really? They seem to be poaching directly from other sites like Goodreads. They have a button for the reader to click on, asking for a Google ebook version of whatever title you find to be added to their eBookstore. Does that mean that they plan on bypassing the legitimate publisher,and those of us who’s work it is, cutting us out of any sales profit?

What are you up to Google?

As for their pricing regime, well that’s another story…

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Google eBookstore – Good or Bad for Authors? was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by Jack Eason

One Response to "Google eBookstore – Good or Bad for Authors?"

  1. Elizabeth Lang  Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 20:12

    Looks like Goodreads is partnered with Ebookstore as an affiliate.

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