We are now selling Google eBooks

You may notice just over to the right a small box featuring Google eBooks. That's right. You can now purchase eBooks through our online store. Feel free to browse the selection and start downloading.

Here's a bit from the press release on the partnership between Google and the American Booksellers Association, which Square Books is a member of:

A Google eBook is a new form of cloud-based digital book that allows readers to access their libraries on almost any device from one single repository, regardless of where the e-book was purchased. ABA has partnered with Google because of its open and accessible platform, which allows ABA member bookstores to provide an easy way for their customers to discover, read, and buy e-books at competitive prices. Google is offering hundreds of thousands of titles for sale, ranging from new releases and bestsellers in every category to classics in the public domain. With today’s launch, the complete e-book catalogs of five publishers that have adopted agency plans – Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley – are now available via IndieCommerce websites, and it is expected that Penguin e-books will be available soon.

“There is unmistakable evidence that an increasing number of consumers want to read books in digital form, as is shown by the almost doubling of e-book sales in the last year,” said ABA Chief Operating Officer Len Vlahos. “Google eBooks allow our members to serve those customers how, when, and where they want to be served and allows customers to continue to take advantage of the unique services of local retailers. This is a very exciting day for independent bookselling.”

“Our partnership with the American Booksellers Association is helping to bring e-books technology to independent booksellers and their customers nationwide,” said Chris Palma, manager of strategic partner development for Google Books. “This is just the beginning for us.”