From Paid Content:
Google is ending the program that allows independent booksellers to sell Google e-books through their websites. It is a big blow for small bookstores seeking to compete against Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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Over 350 independent bookstores who are members of the ABA sell Google e-books through their websites. As of January 31, 2013, that relationship will end, cutting off “numerous online retailers, including IndieCommerce, as well as Powell’s and other partners in the United States and around the world, including partners in Canada, the UK, France, and Australia.”
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Google’s reasoning: “It’s clear that the reseller program has not met the needs of many readers or booksellers”
A post on the “Inside Google Books” blog, published at 11 AM ET after the ABA news broke, says the reseller program “has not gained the traction that we hoped it would.”
The company will now focus on selling e-books through Google Play, the rebranded Google eBookstore that launched in March and aims to be an iTunes-like competitor selling many different types of content. In an effort to ease the transition, Google says it will “work closely with our sixteen reseller partners as they transition in the coming months.
Link to the rest at Paid Content and thanks to Karl for the tip.
Any independent bookstore (or indie author) can still build an aStore, but that would require dealing with a successful online bookstore instead of Google.