Google on May 4 said it will soon begin selling electronic books that people can read on any internet-connected device, including Apple's hot-selling iPad tablet computers, AFP reports. Google will launch an Editions online digital bookstore by the end of July, and its virtual shelves will be stocked with in-print works with the permission of publishers owning copyrights. "This eBook service will be device agnostic," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker told AFP. Books bought from Google and its partners would be available to any device that has a web browser, from smart phones and the growing number of eBook readers to...

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