On the heels of opening its doors in the UK and Canada, the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) eBookstore launched today in Australia. Google is also launching its affiliate program today in all three countries.
The Australian Google eBookstore has “hundreds of thousands” of titles for sale, as well as over two million free e-books, Google says. “It’s easy to find great Australian authors like Kate Grenville, Thomas Keneally, Geraldine Brooks and Christos Tsiolkas.”
Google says the eBookstore has partnered with “hundreds of local publisher partners at launch, including award-winning publishers like Allen & Unwin, Scribe and Text Publishing, not to mention the many thousands of international publishers Google works with around the world.” Australian booksellers like Booktopia and Dymocks will sell Google e-books through their websites, with QBD The Bookshop and The Co-op Bookshop adding that ability soon.
In the U.S., Google has partnered with a little-known e-reader, the iriver. It does not have an e-reader partner in Australia, Canada or the UK.
Google opened its eBookstore in the U.S. in December 2010, and its international English-language launches have come rapidly in the past month. Foreign-language stores are expected to launch sometime in 2012.