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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will reportedly start selling e-books in France.
Google is launching an e-book section of its French Google Play site, The Bookseller reports, citing a Livres Hebdo article (paywall). eBookNewser points to a similar report from ActuaLitté. (More info on the Google eBookstore’s rebrand as Google Play here.)
The books would come from the French publishers who have partnered with the French version of Google Book Search, Google Livres. The Bookseller says “no major French publisher” is a partner but “independent houses such as L’Harmattan, Le Petit Futé and Michelin have made several thousand titles available. Hachette Book Group has also signed an agreement to sell its titles through Google Play in the United States.”
This will be Google Books’ first expansion into a non-English-speaking country. The company already sells e-books in the UK, Canada and Australia. Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) launched a French Kindle store last year.