According to Silicon Alley Insider Google will soon open a U.S only store to sell digital copies of out-of-print copyrighted books. Newer books could be available for sale if publishers allow Google to sell them. Libraries can appearantly access the books for free, while college students will be able to sign up for subscription-based access. Google has previously received a lot of critisism for scanning copyrighted books and making advertising revenue on the indexed content but after Google has agreed to pay $125 million to the Authors Guild and five major book publishers these issues seems to have been solved.
There’s currently no words on what kind of format the books will be sold in or if they will be available offline and on what devices. A not-so-wild-guess is that these books will find its way to the Android App store as well and viewable (I don’t dare say readable) on Android mobile phones.
Google founder Sergey Brin has also hinted that more media types could be added to the store in the future.
So is Google secretly building an iTunes and Amazon-killer by scanning old books?