the new digital books program will launch in the first half of 2010 and will offer 400,000 to 600,000 ebooks at that time.
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As noted on The Bookseller, a site covering the Tools of Change conference, Google Editions will offer three business models. The first will allow a consumer to purchase the ebook from Google Books, Google’s online collection of digitized books. The second will allow consumers to purchase from a partner retailer and the third would direct consumers to a publisher’s website. In the first route, payments are split 63⁄37 in the publisher’s favor. If purchasing from a retailer, that split would be 45⁄55 with the 45% going to the publisher and the retailer splitting the remaining 55% with Google. No decision has been made on the split for the third option, purchases made via a publisher’s own website. Edmonds also noted that these splits are not set in stone just yet - discussions were “just beginning.”