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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Google may launch digital newsstand for Android

By Hayley Tsukayama

Google has been reportedly talking with publishers about launching its own digital newsstand to rival Apple's iTunes store. According to the Wall Street Journal, the proposed Android marketplace isn't set to become reality quite yet, though Google has reportedly spoken to Time Warner, Condé Nast and Hearst Corp. about its plans. Sources familiar with the situation told the Journal that Google has offered to take a smaller cut of sales than the 30 percent that Apple currently offers.

According to the article, Apple has hit some snags in its relationships with publishers and is said to be changing its apps, such as sharing more customer information and offering more subscriptions, to ease tensions.

If Google is planning a digital newsstand, it will be entering a market that's on shaky footing. Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations released figures showing a significant drop in iPad magazine sales. Analysis from the Women's Wear Daily blog Memo Pad, reported in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere, showed that many magazines that make their online circulation numbers available to the Audit Bureau of Circulations saw single-issue sale declines of 20 percent or more. For example, Wired's magazine app debuted in June with 100,000 issues sold, falling to 22,000 in October and 23,000 in December.

On the other hand, companies showing their goods at the Consumer Electronics Show are introducing a raft of new tablets -- many running Android -- that should give the search giant a ready-made market.

What do you think about a Google news stand? What features would you like to see it have and what should it learn from the iTunes store?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 3, 2011; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, CES 2011, Gadgets, Shopping  
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Comments

I would love to see Google build a digital newsstand for Android. I wish I had my franchise of Internet Cafes already established to help Google market the digital newsstand. It will be called AndroidCafeStation and it will have the same feel as Barnes and Noble but I would add the unique features from my experience in Users Groups and from my experience working in a college/university computer lab.

Posted by: JoeyAndroid | January 3, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Did you know that Google has a PERMANENT RECORD of every internet search you've ever made using their search engine? And that every one of these searches is identified as being done BY YOU?

Did you also know that G-mail saves every e-mail you've ever sent or received PERMANENTLY? And they don't do this so you have permanent access to them, because you don't. BUT THEY DO.

And with surreptitious behaviors like these, you can BET THAT WHATEVER YOU DO using Android and WHEREVER YOU GO with Android will also be PERMANENTLY RECORDED AND ASSOCIATED WITH YOU. And I mean "you" literally--your name and your home address.

Don't you wonder why Google does these things?

Don't you wonder what Google is doing with all of your information?

Send a message to Big Brother that flagrant invasions of one's personal privacy are un-American, and ditch all-things-Google.

Posted by: pollyannadowne | January 3, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I dont really think the idea of a digital magazine appeals to me. It is much different than reading a book online or through a Kindle type device.

Magazines have a lot more content than a book, I like the feel of it in my hand, and Unless the tablet has a pretty large screen you cant get the same effect with having a magazine in your hand.

Posted by: remission1 | January 3, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

From a POV of total non-geekitude, I didn't know that iTunes was a "news stand." I thot it sold tunes. With your clever intro, Conde? Nast... I couldn't resist putting in my old-lady lack of knowledge. Love your column and the whole wapo.

Posted by: MaryFloyd | January 5, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

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