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.