Google’s ebook partnership with Indie Bookstores? Fucked.
Last month, I told y’all about the Indiebound Reader, and how Google was helping to make it possible for the Brick and Mortar independent bookstores to compete in an increasingly digital world.
If I had waited a month, I could have saved some bandwidth.
Google will be ending their ebooks reseller program by the end of January 2013, according to Google’s digital publishing director Scott Dougal on the Inside Google Books Blog
One part of that effort — the reseller program — has not gained the traction that we hoped it would, so we have made the difficult decision to discontinue it by the end of January next year.
Ending a relationship like this can’t be against Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” code. But would it really hurt to maybe “Do Some Good”.
Does this program cost Google a significant buck? I don’t think so. Would it have hurt to keep the program in place?
Google’s new Play store, designed to compete with Apple’s App store, now features books to buy and download to your device. And with the word of a Google branded tablet on the way, I’m sure that they plan on selling more ebooks through the Play store, and working with resellers may bite into those profits.
But if working with resellers isn’t gaining traction, then I don’t see a threat there.
I can’t believe that the company who wasted our time with Google Wave (which could have been cool), and says that they don’t give a fuck if anyone uses Google+, can’t be cool enough to let the little guy in on some of that internets money.
Don’t just Don’t be Evil, Google. Be Decent.