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Rumor: Google set to sell ebooks; is a tablet or ereader on the way?

May 4, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Devices

Rumor: Google set to sell ebooks; is a tablet or ereader on the way?

Google sees the writing on the walls and wants to get in on this whole ebook market. According to the WallStreetJournal, Google is prepping to start selling ebooks in a digital bookstore that would rival Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble. Google Books could become a paid venture as soon as next month or July.

The obvious assumption to make is that a Google tablet or e-reader is coming soon. Several weeks ago, Nick Gray from HTC Source theorized that we would see an Android tablet at Google I/O. And while we have also have reason to believe that Google will soon debut Google TV, it seems a tablet has to be on the horizon as well.

If Google enters the book business, it makes sense for them to add their own accompanying device. You probably won’t see much support for the store on an iPad or Nook. Based on previous rumors of Google CEO Eric Schmidt having loose lips, the recent acquisition of BumpTop, and now a book venture, I’m hoping for an Oprah moment at I/O.