Global Trade Talk: Google Editions to Launch in Japan; No Sony E-book Store for Germany

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson and Siobhan O’Leary

According Japanese business daily Nikkei (source: MarketWatch), Google has announced its plans to launch its e-book store service Google Edition in Japan in 2010. Prices will be determined by book publishers, and Google says it will keep 63% of the sales price. Google Edition is also scheduled to launch in the spring of 2010 in the US, UK and other English-language markets. Smaller Japanese publishers are currently in talks with Google about the service, but larger publishers are reticent.

Following the announcement from Sony that it wants to set up a download store in the US for music, games, apps and also e-books for mobile phones, Sony Germany has come out with an official statement that it has no immediate plans to open an e-book store for German customers.

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Hannah Johnson

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Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.