Google is preparing to launch a French edition of its ebookstore and app ecosystem, according to a report.
As first revealed by French trade publication Livres Hebdo
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partners in its Google Livres book search program updated contracts that
would give the company permission to sell their ebooks through Google
Play, the search giant’s recently renamed hub for exploring and buying apps, movies, books and music.
According to the contracts, publishers would receive a 52% cut of all
ebooks sold through Google Play. It is not yet known what share
retailers who sell ebooks through Google would receive, although it will
likely be substantially less.