Google has launched its e-book store in Canada, with the regional arms of Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin and Simon & Schuster signing up to the digital service.
The publishers join Canadian houses such as D&M Publishers, House of Anansi Press, McClelland & Stewart and Dundurn Press.
The e-book store launched in the United States in December 2010 and in the UK early last month. Scott Dougall, director of product management for Google Books, said there were a number of factors behind the international roll-out. He said: “Google is used to rolling out globally platforms that are free and available to everyone, but once you start rolling out a platform where you are selling paid goods, there’s a lot more legal requirements to conform to. There’s territorial rights, there’s copyright rules, there’s tax rules and tax rules meant that there are legal rules about what we display on the receipts and how we communicate with our users.”