Delayed from 2009 to 2010, Google's ebook store Editions is rumored to launch this month in the US, and next year for the rest of the world. Taking on Amazon's Kindle platform, it'll launch with 400,00-600,000 ebooks. [Bloomberg]
Google seems to be getting very "Me Too!" with some of their business ventures lately.
There is really no reason that we need another eBook outlet. Amazon's books work on pretty much every single device including all Android platforms. And the versions of books that Google sells will also likely have some kind of DRM built into it in order to get publishers and authors to release content in eBook form. It is unlikely to be better than Amazon's offering and just seems like a weird direction for Google to move into. Same thing with Google Music.