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December 19, 2011

Canadian Booksellers Association Links with Google eBooks

By Leigh Anne Williams

When Google’s eBookstore first launched in Canada in November, its retail partners were limited to a consortium of campus bookstores and the McNally Robinson stores. But a new deal between the Canadian Booksellers Association and the consortium known as Campus eBookstore has opened the door for independent CBA members to start selling e-books through the Google eBookstore immediately.
The CBA said that Queen’s University’s bookstore and McNally Robinson tested the Google’s e-book solution for the past 18 months, going live in November. Since then, the CBA has worked with Chris Tabor, president of Campus eBookstore and director of Queen’s University Bookstore, to tailor a platform that meets the needs of independent booksellers. Anthony Van Alphen of Reads Books in Carleton Place, Ont., a member of the CBA tech committee, was the first to test it out from a small indie store perspective.
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