Books Go Online, Thanks to Google

Google is looking to reshape the book industry:

“Google and some of the world’s top publishers are working on plans that they hope could do for books what Apple’s iPod has done for music.”

The proposed system would “allow readers to download entire books to their computers in a format that they could read on screen or on mobile devices such as a Blackberry.”

The benefit is that it:

“…would give readers more options when it came to buying. “You may just want to rent a travel guide for the holiday or buy a chapter of a book. Ultimately, it will be the readers who decide how books are read.”