After almost a year of delays, Google has launched its Canadian e-books platform.
According to a press release from Google, “hundreds of thousands of titles will be available for purchase” in Canada through its eBookstore, and through online resellers McNally Robinson in Winnipeg and the Campus Bookstore at Queen’s University. Built using open cloud technology, Google e-books are compatible on most popular platforms, devices, and e-readers.
Google also announced its first Canadian publishing partners as Penguin Canada, Random House of Canada, and HarperCollins Canada, as well as independent publishers House of Anansi Press, Dundurn Press, and McGill-Queen’s University Press, with plans to bring “more publishers into the eBookstore ecosystem in the weeks to come.”
In the U.S., where Google’s e-book retail site launched last December, over 200 resellers sell Google e-books through a partnership with the American Booksellers Association.