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Google eBookstore Launches In Canada

Our neighbors up north can now shop at the Canadian *Google* eBookstore, which is open for business today.

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) says it’s made “partnerships with both major international and Canadian publishers, including Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn. As a result, it’s easy to find popular best-selling and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood and Ami McKay.” The store contains almost two million free public domain titles and “hundreds of thousands” of titles for purchase.

Canadian booksellers Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson (not to be confused with NYC’s McNally Jackson) will sell Google e-books through their websites.

Google opened its eBookstore in the U.S. in December 2010, and its first international launch was in the UK last month. It’s expected to open a store in Australia this year, as well.

The Google eBookstore has struggled to gain market share against the Kindle and Nook stores in the U.S. In Canada, it faces competition from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and Kobo.