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.