Google acquires eBook Technologies

Google has just acquired eBook Technologies, according to a notice on the eBook Technologies homepage. Here is the notice:

“eBook Technologies, Inc. is excited to announce that we have been acquired by Google. Working together with Google will further our commitment to providing a first-class reading experience on emerging tablets, e-readers and other portable devices.”

The business was founded by former business and technology managers from the Gemstar eBook Group. John Rivlin, CEO  was previously the Senior Vice President of Technology for Gemstar-TV Guide. Garth Conboy, President, was previously the General Manager and Vice President Software Engineering for the Gemstar eBook Group.

According to their websited (cached page), “eBook Technologies provides the leading end-to-end electronic book platform offering a full range of eBook products and services that are unrivaled in the marketplace. Unlike other players, the company has both deep industry knowledge and the end-to-end technology components to support the entire electronic book publishing value chain: content acquisition, conversion, wholesaling and retailing.”

Google have issued the following statement, “We are happy to welcome eBook Technologies’ team to Google. Together, we hope to deliver richer reading experiences on tablets, electronic readers and other portable devices.”

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