Google may launch digital newsstand for Android
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?
| January 3, 2011; 10:14 AM ET
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