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Diesel and Google Partner For New eBook Program

Diesel customers (a.k.a., you) no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting your local bookstore – Diesel is now selling Google eBooks™ online at our website. Yesterday, Google launched its ebook program, and is partnering with Diesel and other indie bookstores so we can provide an easy way to discover, read, and buy ebooks at competitive prices.

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 ebook was purchased. 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.

Google eBooks work with myriad devices — tablets, smartphones, computers; basically, everything but the Kindle. This means that any eBook you purchase from the Diesel site can, for example, be read first on a home computer, then on a mobile device, then during lunch on your office computer while enjoying a delicious plate of green eggs and ham.

In addition to ebooks, you can, as always, search through a database of five million titles of print books at www.dieselbookstore.com, peruse staff picks, bestsellers, videos, and upcoming events. So come hang out with us, 21st Century digital-style.

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Will E-Readers Kill the Book?

There is much speculation about the effect the proliferation of neat-o gadgetry will have on old-fashioned paper books. The book industry has always been a dinosaur, even before the current perceived threat of extinction came into view. The threat has always been there; e-books are simply the most recent incarnation.

Please take a moment and peruse this transcript of On the Media in which Brooke Gladstone examines a book publishing business that “is teetering on the brink of ruin, hurtling toward the precipice, awash and adrift in the sea of books, in other words, more or less the same as it ever was.”

Heavy stuff for a bibliophile. But keep in mind, there was a point in time when the neat-o Segway was predicted to replace not only the bicycle but also the automobile.

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