Barnes & Noble’s new eReader. Most of us seem to hope they’ll all somehow sing Kumbaya and make their devices compatible so you could download any book to either reader.
But we’re realistic. Which brings us back to an old player in the e-book game. Google’s on the move. They’ve been in the news over the past months for scanning copyrighted books without permission. They’ve reached a settlement in the case, although there’s still a period for objections. According to Information Week,
Under the settlement, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will spend $34 million to fund a Book Rights Registry, which will maintain a database of copyright holder information and will oversee the disbursement of at least $45 million in payments to authors for books scanned without permission.In May, they announced they will begin selling e-books for Google Book Search partners by the end of this year. Google said:
"We want to build and support a digital book ecosystem to allow our partner publishers to make their books available for purchase from any Web-enabled device.”That means making their e-books readable on Amazon’s Kindle, B&N’s eReader and the anticipated Apple reading tablet.
Maybe there’s hope on the horizon for readers, no matter what kind of e-reader they use.