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Google makes book mobile

Google has launched its mobile books service whereby the 1.5m books that it has scanned are available to mobile users as well as traditional desktop users.

Google hopes to fight of Amazon’s Kindle which has sold 1/2m to date (Sprint estimates from users downloading books). Amazon is expected to launch the Kindle v2 later this month which is slimmer and has a metallic back (there are leaked pictures on the ‘net).

The e-book market is expected to be worth $1.2bn by 2010.

Google is hoping to extend its service soon with the addition of out-of-print titles and even current titles doing deals with publishers.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station (Gaialive.com). I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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