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“In the year since Judge Denny Chin invalidated Google’s agreement with the Authors’ Guild to display and sell digital editions of orphaned works, the towering monolith of search has been a sleeping giant in e-books. Still, every so often it tosses and turns, crushing villages and villagers caught in its slumbering shadow.
On Thursday, Google announced that it would sunset its retailer partner program for e-books by the end of January 2013. Google’s announcement followed the release of a letter from the American Booksellers Association to its members informing them that their partnership with Google would end at the end of the year. ABA CEO Oren Teicher also added that the association was already engaged in talks with other partners to give independent bookstores a way to continue to sell e-books on a major platform.”