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Google Editions launches under new name: Google eBooks

The wait for Google Editions is over, at least if you live in the good ol’ U.S. of A. This morning, Google finally launched its e-book sales platform under the new, dull moniker Google eBooks. According to the website, Google has more than 3 million titles ready to download, including millions of free public domain titles and hundreds of thousands of books from publishers. As for non-U.S. residents, Google plans to roll out international editions in early 2011.

According to Publishers Weekly:

Google officials say its pricing “will be competitive,” with other e-book ventures, and will accommodate the agency model if desired. The price for titles from agency publishers will be set by the publishers, and the the price for non-agency publishers will be set by the seller, meaning that Google will set the price for books in the Google eBookstore, and “resellers” will set the price in theirs.

As for resellers, the program envisions a key role for independent booksellers, who can host and sell Google’s eBooks on their Web sites, a move that makes sense both for Google, which despite its dominant online search presence lacks the retail experience of its competitors, and for indie bookstores, who can now get into the e-book game without having to build and maintain their own expensive platforms. At or shortly after launch, indie stores will begin to roll out their own customizable Google eBook storefronts, including  stores participating through a partnership with the American Booksellers Association.

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Daily book biz round-up: NY Times 10 Best; Decision Points unlimited; and more

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Daily book biz round-up: Google Editions ready for launch; new Oprah pick; and more

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Daily book biz round-up: Amazon rips off Kindle users; snogging Salman; and more

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Carpenter, Birdsell among winners at Saskatchewan Book Awards

The 18th annual Saskatchewan Book Awards were held in Regina on Saturday. The winners were as follows:

Book of the year: David Carpenter, A Hunter’s Confession (Greystone Books)

Fiction: Sandra Birdsell, Waiting for Joe (Random House Canada)

Non-fiction: Alexandra Popoff, Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography (Free Press)

Regina book award: Dianne Warren, Cool Water (HarperCollins Canada)

Saskatoon book award: Alexandra Popoff, Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography (Free Press)

Young adult literature award: Arthur Slade, The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignment II (HarperCollins Canada)

First book award: Amy Jo Ehman, Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner (Coteau Books)

Award for poetry: Dave Margoshes, Dimensions of an Orchard (Black Moss Press)

First Peoples’ writing award: Jo-Ann Episkenew, Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy and Healing (University of Manitoba Press)

Scholarly writing award: Margaret Kovach, Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations and Contexts (University of Toronto Press)

Prix du livre francais: Martine Noel-Maw, Dans le pli des collines (Editions de la nouvelle plume)

First Peoples’ publishing award: Purich Publishing, Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples: Achieving UN Recognition, by James (Sa’ke’j) Youngblood Henderson

Publishing in education award: Purich Publishing, The Duty to Consult: New Relationships with Aboriginal Peoples, by Dwight G. Newman

Award for publishing: Hagios Press, Fallout, by Sandra Ridley

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Daily book biz round-up: World Book Night; The Facebook Book; and more

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Daily book biz round-up: NY Times’ books of the year; No Turkey for Naipaul; and more

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Shields, McKay among CBC Canada Reads finalists

CBC Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi announced the five finalists this morning, selected from a previous listener-chosen shortlist of 10 titles. Happily, the panelists have mostly avoided the Canada Reads candidates of prior years, which included Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, and Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road. The finalists are:

  • Angie Abdou, The Bone Cage (NeWest Press), chosen by former NHL-er Georges Laraque
  • Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans (McClelland & Stewart), chosen by CNN broadcaster Ali Velshi
  • Jeff Lemire, Essex County (Top Shelf), chosen by Sara Quin of rock duo Tegan and Sara
  • Ami McKay, The Birth House (Vintage Canada), chosen by design guru Debbie Travis
  • Carol Shields, Unless (Vintage Canada), chosen by actor Lorne Cardinal

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