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Fall preview: Publishing

September 12, 2010|By Carolyn Kellogg | Los Angeles Times

Nevertheless, Google announced it would move forward with its e-bookstore Google Editions, filling it with books whose rights were not under dispute. In May, Chris Palma, Google's manager for strategic-partner development, announced that Google Editions would be launched in June or July — but we haven't seen it. Which means it's almost here. Probably.

As if Google Editions weren't enough, Google has another big question mark looming this season: Will it launch an e-reader? It is well positioned to rival Amazon.com and Apple as a major purveyor of e-books — and if it follows their leads, it will pair content with device and launch its own e-reader.

The most recent rumors say that Google will launch a tablet manufactured either by HTC or Motorola, based on either Chrome or Android. Everyone seems to agree that Verizon is the likely wireless partner. But rumors are just rumors: When it comes to Google's possible e-reader device and the Google Editions e-book store, only time will tell. All that's left to do is wait.

carolyn.kellogg@latimes.com

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